Creating Promising Futures Through Social Construction
Department of Social Sciences
Leicestershire LE11 3TU
Jonathan Potter pioneered the development of discourse analytic work within psychology. He has studied topics such as scientific argumentation, current affairs television, riots, racism, food talk, heterosexism, relationship counselling and child protection help lines. Since the 1980s he has worked mainly with naturalistic materials (audio and/or video recordings of interaction in actual settings) and increasingly used the powerful analytic tools of conversation analysis to study embodied and situated psychological practices. At the same time he has worked to build a radical respecification of the way psychological notions are understood. Recently he has studied: helpline interaction; advice giving and advice resistance; requests, directives and threats in family interaction; the interactional organization of laughter and upset; and on issues of psychology and institutions.