Dialogue and Debate in the Making of Theoretical Psychology - ISTP 2013

James Cresswell, Andrés Haye, Antonia Larraín, et.al. (Eds.)

Captus University Publications, ISBN 978-1-55322-328-3 (2015)
442 pages, 770 g, 7 X 10, $54.50 (US$43.50)

Following each biennial meeting of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology, a peer-reviewed edited volume of proceedings is produced. Dialogue and Debate in the Making of Theoretical Psychology emerged from the 2013 meeting in Santiago, Chile. This book illustrates the current dynamics and tensions animating theoretical work in Psychology. The collection of papers addresses a variety of topics relevant to contemporary research, spanning from forefront conceptualizations of subjectivity, culture and affection, to re-readings of classical psychological theories. While a critical ethos that has always marked the field remains, there is a risk of failing to critically evaluate this growing body of literature. As a whole, the book illustrates how efficacious dialogue and debate can be shut down if attention is not paid to both internal and external dialogue and debate. It expresses, with international scope, current dialogues and debates in theoretical psychology, which makes it of interest to readers wanting a rich overview of the current state of the field.

Table of Contents   top



Trust, suspicion and dialogue in the making of                                     
theoretical psychology

            Andrés Haye, Antonia Larraín, & James Cresswell



Making room for the ‘non-creative’?                                                           
A cultural psychological perspective

Vlad Petre Glaveanu


Physiognomics of creativity                                                                          

Brady Wagner


Navigating the unknown river of development                                             

Luca Tateo & Giuseppina Marsico


A discussion about the phenomena of temporal mediation in                        
cultural transmission process: Reflections on
an experimental research                                                                      

Djalma Francisco de Freitas & Danilo Silva Guimarães


Fernweh: Affectivating home environments                                                  

Amrei C. Joerchel


John Dewey’s cultural psychology                                                                

Brad Piekkola


Wundt on will and action                                                                            

Cristián G. Rodríguez


Remembering psychology. Rewriting history with Frederic Bartlett              

Martin Wieser


Tree, root, and ground: Self-definition and the metaphors of                        

Martin E. Morf


The study of bio-psycho-social memory: Past, present, and                           

Rafael F. Narváez


Autobiographical memory and the sense of self-continuity:                           
Exploring the connection                                                                      

Pablo López-Silva


The ethical subject                                                                                       

Vasi van Deventer


Historical narrative and concepts: Delimitations and possible                       

José Antonio Castorina, Mario Carretero, Alicia Barreiro,

Floor van Alphen, & María Sarti


The role of aesthetics in experience                                                               

Antonia Larrain


Psychology of authenticity: An anastomosis of the pertinent                         
thoughts of Heidegger and Lonergan about authentic human

Kizito N. C. Okeke


Vygotsky’s cultural theory of subjectivity and Habermas’s                           
critical theory of society                                                                        

Gordana Jovanović


The forming activity of the mind: On the philosophical origins of                 
dialectical psychology

Robert R. Windle III


Learning and conduct of everyday life                                                         

Ole Dreier


Toward a dialogue between systemic and subject-scientific                           
approaches to psychological research into subjective experience

Teemu Suorsa


Toddlers collaboratively explore possibilities for actions across                     
contexts – Developing the concept conduct of everyday life in
relation to young children

Pernille Juhl


Conduct of everyday life and social self-understanding after                        
depression. Theorizing beyond the duality of meaningful versus 

Lisbeth Hybholt & Line Lerche Mørck


Reflexivity through dialogue in psychological research                                 

Zhipeng Gao


Dialogue and debate in psychology: Commentary on                                    
the foundational myth of psychology as a science

Constance de Saint-Laurent


Ethical political challenges for a new work and organizations                       

Tania García-Ramos


Alternative working scenarios for a new work and organizational                 
psychology: Implications for academic programs

Sara Santiago-Estrada



Psychological research as the ontological politics: The naïve                         
subject designs case

Arthur Arruda Leal Ferreira


Theorizing power as a capacity for action and social participation                

Peter Busch-Jensen


Imperative memory, ideology and subjectifation                                           

Steve Larocco


The question of gender in (re)orienting to the civil-military
relationship within humanitarian space

Angela R. Febbraro


The deployment of quotidian tactics: A constructionist look at                     
social transformation

María José Reyes Andreani


Essay on an aesthetics of resistance                                                               

Thomas Teo


“The human question”: A contribution of literature and cinema                  
to reflect on the role of psychologists in organizations

Jaquelina Maria Imbrizi


The making of children identities beyond adult given                                   
classifications: Biomedical diagnostic categories and processes
of resistance performed by Chilean children

Sebastián Rojas Navarro & Patricio Rojas


The politics of trauma recovery                                                                    

Gregory Bistoen


Considerations about the notion of uniqueness in psychoanalysis                  

Isabel Tatit


The real plinth of recognition: Image and jouissance in the                           
sublimation of the work of art

Danilo Sanhueza & Esteban Radiszcz


On the relation between evolution, language and sexuality                           

Rodrigo Farías Rivas


Impasses in the education of adolescence: From the family model                  
to fraternal ties

            Ana Paula Musatti Braga


Trajectories between war and peace: Political and subjective                        

Miriam Debieux Rosa


Remembering anaclisis: Dialogicality and the specificity of                           
psychoanalytic thinking

            Lucio Gutiérrez-Herane


Indeterminate functionalism and possessive individualism                             

Henderikus J. Stam


Towards a socially disenchanted psychological development                          
 perspective: A dialogue between theories of social reproduction
 and a Vygotskian Cultural-Historical perspective

Renato Moretti & Johana Contreras


Neoliberal psychology: A macro cultural psychological analysis                    

Carl Ratner


Althusserian materialist dialectic in Lacanian discourse analysis:                  
Universal exception, complex over-determination and critique of
psychological discursive ideology

David Pavón-Cuéllar



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Cresswell, J. – James (Jim) is an associate professor at Booth University in Winnipeg, Canada. His work is largely influenced by the philosophy of Mikhail Bakhtin and cultural psychology. Of special interest is Bakhtin’s work on aesthetics in relation to language and how it can enhance work in cultural psychology. His current projects include continued work on Bakhtin’s philosophy of mind, cognitive science of religion, and immigration. This work informs and shapes his teaching, which is central to his scholarship.


Haye, A. – Andrés is Associate Professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, investigates in social psychology, and teaches social theory and philosophy in undergraduate and postgraduate programs in psychology. His recent work focuses on theoretical aspects of discourse analysis and empirical problems associated with power in human interaction and subjectivities in aging.


Larraín, A. – Antonia is Associate Professor at Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Chile. Her current research is on the relation between discourse and thought development, from both a theoretical and an empirical point of view. From a theoretical point of view, she is currently working on the aesthetic dimension of discourse and its relation to emotions. In addition, she is exploring the role of classroom discourse in thinking development.



Morgan, M. – Mandy Morgan is a Professor of Feminist Psychology in the School of Psychology at Massey University, Aotearoa/New Zealand. She has particular interests in theoretical debates concerning the relationships between feminism, poststructuralism and psychology. As well as these theoretical interests, she’s involved in a programme of critical and discursive studies on the ways that domestic violence service and intervention providers and clients understand their experiences: the Domestic Violence Interventions and Services programme (DVIS). Projects in this programme identify issues and controversies in service delivery by engaging a systematic analysis of discourses mobilised by service providers to explain domestic violence within the context of their work.



Sullivan, G. – Dr. Gavin B. Sullivan is a Reader in the Centre for Research in Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement and co-lead of the research theme Identity and Resilience in Communities and Organisations. His doctorate was on “Wittgenstein and reflexivity” and he has published widely on issues such as psychotherapy, forensic psychology, ethics, collective emotions, qualitative research methods and methodological pluralism. He edited a book for Routledge on collective pride and was a co-editor of “Cultural psychology of coping with disasters: The case of an earthquake in Java, Indonesia” published by Springer. After being awarded a prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship, he conducted research on individual, group-based and collective emotions at the Free University (FU) Berlin. Gavin returned to the FU-Berlin as a guest professor in 2010. He is currently completing a book on Wittgenstein’s philosophy and psychology for Palgrave Macmillan and is the organizer of the 2015 ISTP conference in Coventry.