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Psychology and Postmodernism

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October 1992 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This groundbreaking book is the first to explore the implications of postmodernist ideas for psychology. It examines central themes of postmodernism as they relate to psychology - for example, the nature of the self, locally situated rather than universal knowledge and the pivotal role of language in social life.

The contributors outline the new possibilities for psychology, setting theoretical reformulations alongside implications for psychological practice and method. The book presents critique as well as support for postmodern perspectives, from feminist critique of postmodern `deconstruction' to argument with the usefulness of sharp distinctions between a `modern' and `postmodern' psychology.

Steinar Kvale
Introduction
From the Archaeology of the Psyche to the Architecture of Cultural Landscapes

 
Kenneth J Gergen
Toward a Postmodern Psychology
Steinar Kvale
Postmodern Psychology
A Contradiction in Terms?

 
John Shotter
`Getting in Touch'
The Meta-Methodology of a Postmodern Science of Mental Life

 
Mike Michael
Postmodern Subjects
Towards a Transgressive Social Psychology

 
Patti Lather
Postmodernism and the Human Sciences
Paul Richer
An Introduction to Deconstructionist Psychology
Lars L[/]ovlie
Postmodernism and Subjectivity
Neil Young
Postmodern Self-Psychology Mirrored in Science and the Arts
Donald E Polkinghorne
Postmodern Epistemology of Practice
Louis A Sass
The Epic of Disbelief
The Postmodernist Turn in Contemporary Psychoanalysis

 
Mary Gergen
From Mod Mascu-linity to Post-Mod Macho
A Feminist Re-Play

 
Seth Chaiklin
From Theory to Practice and Back Again
What Does Postmodern Philosophy Contribute to Psychological Science?

 
Peter Madsen
`Postmodernism' and `Late Capitalism'
On Terms and Realities

 

`This far-ranging exploration of the implications of a postmodern culture for psychology represents an international array of perspectives... it examines the relations of postmodernism to feminism, capitalism, methodology, the human sciences, the arts, epistemology, subjectivity, science and psychoanalysis. In doing so, it provides a portrait of psychology at the cutting edge of developments in the arts and humanities. Until recently, these developments had been simply ignored by psychology. Now, they are beginning to be bandied about by the appropriation of poorly understood phrases and ideas. This volume should add real depth to that dialogue' - The Humanistic Psychologist

`In this very readable volume, psychologists have gathered around them postmodernists from other disciplines to celebrate (albeit with a couple of dissenting voices) postmodernity' - British Journal of Psychology

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