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Discourse and representation: a comment on Batel and Castro ‘re-opening the dialogue between the theory of social representations and discursive psychology’

Jovchelovitch, Sandra (2018) Discourse and representation: a comment on Batel and Castro ‘re-opening the dialogue between the theory of social representations and discursive psychology’. British Journal of Social Psychology. ISSN 0144-6665

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Identification Number: 10.1111/bjso.12296

Abstract

Batel and Castro propose to integrate conceptually and empirically social representations theory (SRT) and discursive psychology (DP). This comment emphasises the importance of debates between different traditions of social psychology, focusing on the status of psychological entities and methodological pluralism as two areas in which fruitful tensions between DP and SRT are still evident. It critiques DP’s disavowal of psychological entities and reaffirms the insights of socio-cultural traditions that see intra-psychological entities as internalised sociality. It argues that rather than considering individual methods, the focus should be on the fit between research questions, context and methodology. A simultaneous focus on theory, research questions and analytical tools is best for dealing with the limitations as well as potentials of the methodological toolkit available for the study of meaning in context.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/20448309
Additional Information: © 2018 The British Psychological Society
Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Sets: Departments > Psychological and Behavioural Science
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2018 13:43
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2019 00:19
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/90518

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