`This book constitutes a valuable resource for postgraduate students and researchers. Most.... of the chapters succeed in providing a clear and comprehensive introduction to the various approaches and//or methods, thus enabling the reader to make an informed decision about whether or not they wish to pursue the topic further. The book as a whole is also very well referenced and this makes it a source of essential information for students and researchers with an interest in qualitative health psychology' - Health Psychology Update This book explains the role of qualitative research within health psychology. Theories and methods from a qualitative perspective are highly varied but, in general, differ from the po

Discourse, Health and Illness

Discourse, health and illness

By Way of a Preface

Discursive psychologies are relatively new approaches within psychology. They are wide-ranging and often complex in their challenges to more traditional, quantitative approaches. The task of introducing areas which are far-reaching, complex and relatively recent is difficult. Some writers choose to divide discursive psychologies into different types. Parker (1997), for example, relies on the historical traditions of debates in other disciplines to present two varieties of discursive work, and Lupton (1992) uses the concepts of ‘macro’ and ‘micro’ approaches to present a similar division. I have taken a somewhat different approach by focusing on the ways in which discursive work challenges psychology's traditional objects of study and notions about the nature of psychological knowledge. In ...

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