Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies


Professor Jonathan Potter

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Honorary Professor of Discourse Analysis

I work in the broad interdisciplinary field of discourse studies, with a particular focus on the way careful analyses of interaction can provide a way of understanding and reworking basic psychological questions.  This way of thinking about interaction research is called discursive psychology.  

I am currently working on tag questions in media discourse (with an interest in intersubjectivity), a matrix of actions that happen during family mealtimes (requests, directives, threats, admonishments), the role of laughter in modulating actions, and the relationship between descriptions and assessments.  

I often write more broadly on theory and method in the social sciences and regularly teach workshops on discourse theory and methods. 

A recent talk about admonishments and socialization is available via this link.

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