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Psychology without Foundations

Psychology without Foundations
History, Philosophy and Psychosocial Theory

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Critical Psychology

August 2009 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
For many years, for many people social psychology has been deemed a discipline in crisis.

This new book proposes a way out of the crisis by letting go of the idea that psychology needs new foundations or a new identity, whether biological, discursive or cognitive. The psychological is not narrowly confined to any one aspect of human experience; it is quite literally everywhere.

The book proposes a strong process-oriented approach to the psychological, which studies events or occasions. Aspects of experience such as communication or embodiment are treated as thoroughly mediated - the product of multiple intersecting relationships between the biological, the psychic and the social. The outcome is an image of a mobile, reflexively founded discipline which follows the psychological wherever it takes us, from the depths of embodiment to the complexities of modern global politics.

The First Word Or In the Beginning Is the Middle
Whitehead and Process
Serres and Mediation
Luhmann and Communication
Artaud and Embodiment
Spinoza and Affect
Bergson and Memory
Foucault and Subjectivity
Deleuze and Life
On Losing Your Foundations and Finding Them Again

`On the showing of this book, "Critical Psychology" (for want of a better label) has a long way to run, and a lot of work to do yet. It may well become required reading, so get in early - but expect some mind-stretching and moments of bewilderment. Oh - and recommend it to undergraduate students too; tell them how "accessible" it is - and run. They'll thank you when writing up their doctorates' - History and Philosophy of Psychology

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