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
About the Author
Ian Parker is a critical psychologist and practising psychoanalyst, working at the interface between theory and practice.
Table of ContentsForeword - Rom Harr[ac]eRealism, Relativism and Critique in Psychology - Ian ParkerPART ONE: DEBATESOverview - Vivien Burr Realism, Relativism, Social Constructionism and DiscourseFragments in the Realization of Relativism - Jonathan PotterLanguage, Practice and Realism - Andrew CollierWhat Is To Be Done? (With Apologies to Lenin!) - Ruth MerttensAs One in a Web? Discourse, Materiality and the Place of Ethics - Steven D Brown and Joan Pujol with Beryl C CurtSocial Constructionism and Revolutionary Socialism - Carla Willig A Contradiction in Terms?PART TWO: COMMENTARIESAcross the S-S Divide - Don FosterThe Perverse and Pervasive Character of Reality - Maritza Montero Some Comments on the Effects of Monism and DualismPsychology's Subject - Bronwyn Davies A Commentary on the Relativism/Realism DebateConstructionism and Realism - Kenneth J Gergen How Are We To Go On?