This book charts a clear and accessible path through some of the key debates in contemporary psychology. Drawing upon the wider critical and discursive turn in the human sciences, Social Constructionism, Discourse and Realism explores comprehensively the many claims about what we can know of `reality' in social constructionist and discursive research in psychology. Relativist versus realist tensions go to the heart of current theoretical and methodological issues, not only within psychology but across the social and human sciences. By mapping the connections between theory, method and politics in social research and placing these within the context of the broader social constructionist and discursive debates, the int
Chapter 1: Realism, Relativism and Critique in Psychology
Realism, Relativism and Critique in Psychology
This book explores disputed claims about what we can know of reality in social constructionist and discursive research in psychology. Among the questions the contributors address are the following: should pragmatic and relativist views of meaning and the world necessarily be adopted by discourse analysts?; where is ...