Second nature

Corcoran, Timothy 2009, Second nature, British journal of social psychology, vol. 48, no. 2, pp. 375-388, doi: 10.1348/014466608X349513.

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Title Second nature
Author(s) Corcoran, TimothyORCID iD for Corcoran, Timothy
Journal name British journal of social psychology
Volume number 48
Issue number 2
Start page 375
End page 388
Total pages 14
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2009-06
ISSN 0144-6665
Summary Are ontological meanings somehow sacrosanct in arguments concerning psychology - particularly those scored by discursive accounts of human being? Or is the purposeful deferment of ontological concerns in discursive psychology (DP) another instance of method-fetishism (Koch, 1981)? Shotter's (1995) understanding of joint action and Chouliaraki's (2002) critical realist account of social action combine to support an alternate position to the predominant discursive psychological approach informed by epistemological constructionism (DPEC). The DPEC position is here contrasted with a discursive psychological approach informed by ontological constructionism (DPOC). Via this distinction, a path for future discursive psychological studies is charted, one which values understanding the kinds of practical-moral knowledges (Shotter, 1993) available to people in accounting for themselves and their actions as psychosocial agents. Contrary to claims that the DPEC/DPOC distinction is supercilious (Edley, 2001) or oxymoronic (Drewery, 2000), the importance of debating what ontology can mean for psychology is herein seen as central to the pursuit of personal, relational and collective wellness in contemporary life.
Language eng
DOI 10.1348/014466608X349513
Field of Research 170113 Social and Community Psychology
1701 Psychology
1702 Cognitive Science
1608 Sociology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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