Discourse, action, rhetoric: From a perception to an action paradigm in social psychology


Professor Kevin Durrheim, School of Psychology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Private Bag X01, Scottsville 3209, South Africa (e-mail: durrheim@ukzn.ac.za).


This article provides a personal account of how discursive social psychology has been used to understand social and political change in South Africa and to reflect on the strengths and limitations of the approach. While celebrating the shift from the perception paradigm to the genuinely social constructionist focus on discursive interaction, the article also argues for an expanded focus on embodied action.