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date: 28 May 2020

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This chapter introduces basic features of discursive social psychology using discursive analyses of family mealtime interaction. It puts discursive social psychology in historical context and distinguishes three overlapping, strands of work: (a) the use of open-ended interviews to identify interpretative repertoires, (b) the focus on naturalist data to consider how versions of social life are constructed to support actions, and (c) the use of methods and findings from conversation analysis to reveal the sequential and interactionally embedded organization of social psychological phenomena. It overviews its basic theoretical principles: that discourse is (a) oriented to action; (b) situated sequentially, institutionally and rhetorically; and (c) constructed and constructive. Its systematically noncognitivist approach to human conduct is explained and justified. The chapter overviews research design, data collection and management, transcription, analysis and validation and shows how these work together to build a systematic alternative of social psychology Future directions for discursive social psychology are also considered.

Keywords: Discursive psychology, conversation analysis, discourse analysis, transcription, sequence organization, action formation, qualitative methods, natural data

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