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Social Psychology | Social Theory

October 1992 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
In recent years, the impact of postmodernism has reverberated throughout the social and human sciences. Psychology and Postmodernism breaks new ground by exploring the implications of postmodernist ideas for psychology. Contributors examine central themes of postmodernism as they relate to psychology: the nature of the self, local knowledge versus universal knowledge, and the pivotal role of language in social life. As new possibilities for psychology are outlined, theoretical reformulations are placed alongside implications for new psychological practice and method. In addition, this groundbreaking volume presents criticism and support for postmodern perspectives, from feminist criticism of postmodern "deconstruction" to argument with the usefulness of clear distinctions between a "modern" and "postmodern" psychology. Psychology and Postmodernism is cutting-edge material for those interested in the evolution of psychology in the postmodern era. "With authors from the United States, England, Denmark and Norway, it represents an international array of perspectives on the relations of psychology and postmodernism. . . . 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
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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Steinar Kvale

Steinar Kvale (1938-2008) was professor of educational psychology and director of the Centre of Qualitative Research at the University of Aarhus, and adjunct faculty at Saybrook Institute, San Francisco. He was born in Norway and graduated from the University of Oslo. He continued his studies at the University of Heidelberg with an Alexander von Humboldt scholarship and was a visiting professor at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, and West Georgia University, Carrolton, and the University of Bergen. His long-term concern was with the implications of such continental philosophies as phenomenology, hermeneutics, and dialectics for psychology... More About Author