Understanding Critical Social Psychology is an exciting new textbook providing a comprehensive and reader-friendly approach to the theories and methods surrounding Critical Social Psychology. This book combines a critical examination of the traditional philosophies, practices and topics with an emphasis on introducing innovative and contemporary developments in social psychological research. In this way, Tuffin integrates newer insights with established modes of thinking.

New Social Psychology: Discursive Work

New social psychology: Discursive work


This chapter builds on the foundation laid down in the previous chapter, which sought to move beyond the failings of old social psychology and to introduce a philosophical basis for new social psychology. While it is always useful to apply critique to our assumptions, beliefs and practices, such criticism is most effective when it leads to constructive suggestions for change. Broadly, such opportunity for change is delineated in the remaining chapters of this book. In this chapter discursive psychology is introduced in terms of basic aims and orientations, while in the final two chapters the applied work of critical social psychologists is examined more closely. In particular, the ways in which discursive work has been undertaken ...

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