Social Texts and Context: Literature and Social Psychology
by Jonathan Potter, Peter Stringer, Margaret Wetherell
Ebook/PDF version 2018
Original © 1984
PDF/online E-book version
This book contains an integrated collection of eight essays on certain aspects of the relation between social psychology and literature. We hope that the reader will not find that either social psychology or literature have been privileged in our treatment. The aim is to demonstrate in a concrete fashion the basis, rather, for their mutual interaction. We shall argue that literature and social psychology are not the exclusive categories which they may appear to be. In certain important respects they share their concerns, methods and theoretical perspectives. An appropriate metaphor for expressing their inter-relationship, as we see it, is the mathematical concept of ‘over-lapping fuzzy sets’; although a space of many dimensions might possibly be more evocative of the way in which the two disciplines should interpenetrate and fold in upon one another. In doubting the separate identities of social psychological and literary activities, our intention is to encourage the reader simultaneously to re-examine the definition and subject-matter of each. Through the challenge to inter-disciplinary boundaries a new research perspective will, we hope, emerge in both fields.