Considering Poststructuralist Discursive Community Psychology

Nick Malherbe*, Josephine Cornell

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    Although critical community psychology (CCP) has embraced several discursive paradigms (e.g., critical discourse analysis, discursive psychology, Foucauldian discourse analysis), there remains little CCP work that attempts to conceive of CCP through a poststructuralist discursive lens, a lens that extends beyond, but certainly does not ignore, the analysis of data. In this article, we consider what we are calling poststructuralist discursive community psychology through a synthesis of poststructuralist discourse theory (PDT) and CCP. Such a psychology is one that conceives of social phenomena, and indeed conceives of itself, through a poststructuralist understanding of discourse. We offer two pathways through which to consider poststructuralist discursive community psychology: re-envisioning community and discursive consciousness-raising. We conclude by considering some of the theoretical limitations of our discussion, as well as the areas that future work into poststructuralist discursive community psychology may enter into.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article numbere12661
    JournalSocial and Personality Psychology Compass
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished (VoR) - 4 Mar 2022


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