Chapter 12. Debates Within the Discursive Tradition

  1. Andrew McKinlay and
  2. Chris McVittie

Published Online: 23 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303094.ch12

Social Psychology and Discourse

Social Psychology and Discourse

How to Cite

McKinlay, A. and McVittie, C. (2008) Debates Within the Discursive Tradition, in Social Psychology and Discourse, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303094.ch12

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 18 JUL 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146586

Online ISBN: 9781444303094



  • debates within discursive tradition;
  • the “external context” debate-conversation analysis;
  • critical discourse analysis;
  • “membership categorization analysis” debate;
  • membership categorization analysis and “sequential” conversation analysis;
  • membership categorization analysis and warranting claims;
  • the “social constructionism” debate;
  • covert realism;
  • reflexivity


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The “External Context” Debate

  • The “Membership Categorization Analysis” Debate

  • The “Social Constructionism” Debate