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 8: Across the S–S Divide
Across the S–S Divide
Along with others I am sorely tempted to fall in with the weary remark of Walkerdine (1997: 169) regarding ‘sterile debates about realism and relativism’ or the more politically exasperated stance of feminists against the extremes of postmodernists and their ‘self-referentiality, their intellectual gloss over ...