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Discourse analysis and constructionist approaches: theoretical background

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This chapter is structured in terms of questions and answers. There are several reasons for adopting this format. First, people often consult a handbook to find the answers to questions so the format may simplify this task. Second, most constructionist approaches place a considerable emphasis on dialogueand question-answer sequences are dialogue in one of its most prototypical forms. Third, constructionist researchers have been at the forefront of moves to rethink the literary forms in which social science is presented. I shall start with some general questions about constructionism and its place in psychology, and then I shall move on to focus on issues of method and analysis. I shall concentrate upon general principles and arguments, however, this is not intended to be a how-to-do-it chapter. Chapter 11, by Rosalind Gill, provides a more fleshed out example of a particular style of constructionist research.

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  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

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POTTER, J., 1996. Discourse analysis and constructionist approaches: theoretical background. IN: Richardson, J.T.E. (ed). Handbook of Qualitative Research Methods for Psychology and the Social Sciences. Leicester: British Psychological Society, pp. 125 - 140

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British Psychological Society

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publication date

1996

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This is a book chapter.

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9781854332042

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en

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