Title

Protest and Intervention: A Study of Culture, Psychology, and Discourse in Oaxaca, Mexico

Publication Date

3-2018

Abstract

Though qualitative studies have long been a cornerstone of social and cultural research, there is a bias in social psychology toward quantitative methodologies. This is complicated by multiple protocols and guidelines published by the American Psychological Association (APA) that endorse outdated, monolithic, and unidirectional views of culture and ethnic representation. As a corrective, this dissertation argues that a linguistics paradigm can serve as a viable alternative for investigating the interface of culture and the psyche. The thesis presented here is that discourse, a concept closely associated with pragmatic linguistics, can serve as an empirical way of assessing how objective social structures, expressions of suffering, and meaningful therapeutic action are connected. This thesis is supported by three different ethnographic studies of discourse practices in Oaxaca, Mexico. Each study, presented in subsequent chapters of this dissertation, is combined with a theoretical concept to demonstrate how particular aspects of discourse theory can be applied in social/cultural psychological research.

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD, Non-Clinical)

First Advisor

Dueck, Alvin C.

Date Uploaded

12-4-2018

Collection Number

Psych0371E

Document Type

Dissertation

File Name

Johnson_fuller.psych_0371E_10232

Language

English

Keywords

Mexico, Social psychology, Culture and psychology

Disciplines

Psychology

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Material hosted by ProQuest subject to copyright

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12-4-2018

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