White Rose University Consortium logo
University of Leeds logo University of Sheffield logo York University logo

Second nature

Corcoran, T. (2009) Second nature. British Journal of Social Psychology, 48 (2). pp. 375-388. ISSN 0144-6665


Download (175Kb)


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.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2009 British Psychology Society. This is an author produced version of a paper subsequently published in British Journal of Social Psychology. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > School of Education (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Miss Anthea Tucker
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2009 11:01
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 16:58
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1348/014466608X349513
Status: Published
Publisher: British Psychological Society
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1348/014466608X349513
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/8645

Actions (repository staff only: login required)