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Leeds Psychologist in the Pub: Applying Discursive Psychology to ‘Fact’ Construction in Political Discourse
  • Jan 24, 2019
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Leeds Psychologist in the Pub: Applying Discursive Psychology to ‘Fact’ Construction in Political Discourse

26 February 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location:  Leeds
Cost: This event is free and open to everyone. No registration is required.

‘Facts’ are more than neutral reflections of an objective reality – ‘facts’ are highly attuned to the local context of political argumentation. We draw upon examples from two studies that used discursive psychology to analyse political contexts: 1) Islamophobia in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attack, 2) debates over Great Britain and the European Union. The analysis uncovers how politicians challenge both the context and the relevance of a fact. The context of ‘facts’ are reconstructed to undermine their original argumentative strength, whereas questioning the relevance of a ‘fact’ undermines it as a rhetorical tool to be used in a debate. These findings show how discursive psychology can contribute to knowledge about political communication, as well as the benefits of applying discursive psychology to political discourse.

This event is organised by the BPS, North East branch.