A Post-Constructionist Approach to Social Psychology

  • Mary Jane Paris Spink


Over the years as a teacher and researcher I have invested considerably in both theoretical development and creating a network of fellow travelers. From a theoretical standpoint, my main contribution has been to introduce a way of doing research that might be nominated a “post-constructionist approach”. This approach has at its foundation: a non-realist ontology; a political stance in dialogue with Foucaultian theorizations on governamentality and a dialogical approach to language use. This triangulation has led to a variety of research projects concerning local processes of meaning production in daily life as an integral part of networks of heterogeneous associations of human and non-human actants, in tune with the work of authors aligned with Actor-Network Theory. Both research and theoretical developments have been intrinsic parts of the work carried out in the research group led by me that includes past and present graduate students. The long past of supervision of thesis and dissertation projects (132 by 2017) has resulted in an extensive web of young researches now active at various institutions throughout the Country. It has also resulted in an ethical-political manner of research with contributions outside the boundaries of academic psychology.


Post-constructionism Dialogical communication Governamentality Ontological politics Discursive psychology Social psychology 


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  • Mary Jane Paris Spink
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  1. 1.Pontifical Catholic University of São PauloSão PauloBrazil

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