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Dialogical Social Psychology II: Practical Approaches

Psychosociologie clinique II: approches pratiques

Responsible Faculty: Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (SSP)

Teacher(s): Nathalie Muller Mirza
Lecturer(s): -

Validity: 2010 -> 2010

No timetable defined.


2 hours per week
56 hours per year

Teaching language(s): French
Public: Yes
Credits: 3.00, 6.00


The aim of this course is to draw the students' attention on the fact that in psychotherapeutic and counselling settings, the patients' discourse is not a mere reflection of their mental state, but the result of the interactional work which is made during patient-psychologists interactions.


From a psychosocial standpoint, the relationship between a patient and a psychologist does not occur in a social vacuum, but is part of a certain cultural, social and institutional context which orientates the actors' activity. In this perspective, the patient's "problem" does not appear as a mere reflect of the patient's mental or emotional state, but as a result of an interpretative activity which involves the patient as well as other actors. This interpretative activity may be studied at different levels of analysis: socio-historical and institutional through research into the "social construction of disease", but also interactional through the various studies which have examined the psychologists' actual practices.
The aim of this course is then to examine the process of "construction of disease" at these different levels, by emphasizing the mechanisms of interpretation of the "disease" and by considering them as the fruit of a dialogical construction.



Barrett, R. (1998). La traite des fous. La construction sociale de la schizophrénie. Le Plessis-Robinson: Les Empêcheurs de Penser en Rond.
Grossen, M., & Salazar Orvig, A. (Eds.) (2006). L'entretien clinique. Analyse des interactions verbales d'un genre hétérogène. Paris: Belin.
Kerbrat-Orecchioni, C. (2005). Le discours en interaction. Paris: Armand Colin.
Traverso, V. (1999). L'analyse des conversations. Paris: Nathan Université.

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