Theoretical Psychology: Global Transformations and Challenges

Paul Stenner, et. al.    (Ed.)

Captus University Publications, ISBN 978-1-55322-240-8 (2011)
318 pages, 570 g, 7 X 10, $42.50 (US$42.50)

This peer-reviewed, selected and edited collection of chapters provides the reader interested in international developments in theoretical psychology with a snap shot of some of the global transformations and challenges facing the discipline. In addition to reflections on the nature of theoretical psychology and its applications, the volume includes contributions dealing with links between Chinese and Western theoretical psychology, and with the promises of process thinking for psychological research. Other substantive issues covered include the relationship between organic evolution and culture, the psychodynamics of identity and difference, the psychological politics of power, mediated activities of knowing and remembering, and the affective and embodied nature of thought and action.

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PREFACE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

 

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

 

Wicked problems and the construction of theory in psychology                                                

            Hank Stam

 

 

CONNECTIONS TO CHINESE PSYCHOLOGY

 

Neo-confucianism and continental psychology: A note on consciousness in Zhu Xi and Wundt

            Hans van Rappard

Greek and Chinese words: Concrete links to concrete beginnings of abstract thought

            Martin E. Morf

The concepts of self and self-transcendence: Fung Yu-Lan’s perspective                       

            Ying Zhu & Hongbin Wang

The characteristics of indigenous theoretical psychology in modern China        

            Haizhong Zhang & Hongxia Li

 

 

PROCESS ONTOLOGY, DEEP EMPIRICISM AND ACTIVITY

 

Psychology in the key of life: Deep empiricism and process ontology                             

            Paul Stenner

Around the day in eighty worlds: Deleuze, suggestibility and researching practice as process

            Johanna Motzkau

Self as unifying process: On the grammar and phenomenology of agency                      

            Paulo Jesus

John Dewey’s theory of activity: Precursor to Leontiev                                                                        

            Brad Piekkola

 

 

ACTIVITIES OF MEDIATED KNOWING AND REMEMBERING

 

Mediated getting-to-know-the-world: Approaching learning with S. L. Rubinstein

            Manolis Dafermos and Athanasios Marvakis

Meaning construction in remembering: A synthesis of Bartlett and Vygotsky

            Brady Wagoner

Remembered persons and the self-defining memories of adolescents                              

            Gertina J. van Schalkwyk

 

 

AFFECT, FEELING AND EMBODIMENT

 

The affective roots of thought                                                                                                              

            Rachel Joffe Falmagne

Scullery’s question: Multiplicity, felt experience and continuity                                               

            John Cromby

The notion of embodied knowledge                                                                                                      

            Shogo Tanaka

 

 

EVOLUTION, CULTURE AND SOCIETY

 

The societal nature of the human being and the new genetics                                                    

            Vanessa Lux

Moral psychology and evolutionary explanation                                                                                               

            Huib Looren de Jong

The barrel, the fuse and the lighter: Evolutionary precursors to culture                       

            Jannes Eshuis and René van Hezewijk

 

 

 

PSYCHODYNAMIC DIMENSIONS OF IDENTITY AND DIFFERENCE

 

Delusions and metonymic disturbances: A discussion of Lacan’s approach to psychotic disturbance

            Stijn Vanheule

On the introduction of the cyborg: A struggle for identity                                                                    

            Vasi van Deventer

White narcissism and black consciousness                                                                                             

            Derek Hook

 

 

THE PSYCHOLOGICAL POLITICS OF TRUTH, POWER AND VIOLENCE

 

Racism in a post-colonial world: European myths and truth effects                              

            Eri Park

Theory and empirical research: Can scientific ideas be violent?                                    

            Thomas Teo

‘Culture’, violence and manhood – A critical analysis of constructions of masculinities in explanations of gender violence in the South African context

            Werner Böhmke

 

 

THEORIZING APPLICATION AND INTERVENTION

 

Intervention, evidence-based research and everyday life                                                                       

            Ole Dreier

The diverging paths of phenomenology: Contributions by George Kelly and Carl Rogers

            Andrew H. C. Wong

Theorizing effective civil-military cooperation: Examples from the Canadian Military

            Laura C. Ball and Angela R. Febbraro

 

 

CONTRIBUTORS                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

 

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