Resistance and Renewal in Theoretical Psychology - ISTP 2015

Gavin Brent Sullivan, James Cresswell, Basia Ellis, (Eds.)

Captus University Publications, ISBN 978-1-55322-352-8 (2017)
296 pages, 530 g, 7 X 10, $42.50 (US$34.00)

Theoretical psychologists continue to challenge psychology, related disciplines and the work of other theoretical psychologists through a wide variety of activities that include conceptual clarification and creative theorizing. In many cases, these activities are experienced by the relevant individuals and groups as resisting broader disciplinary and societal forces; this occurs not only by highlighting tacit assumptions, but also by developing theory-led projects to change the conditions in which our work and lives are constructed, regulated and renewed. These two features of theoretical psychology, resistance and renewal, form the overall theme for a selection of theoretical papers that is framed — in this iteration of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology's (ISTP) proceedings — by reflections on the 30 year history of the ISTP as well as by considerations of the future.

The diversity and creativity of the work undertaken within theoretical psychology is further exemplified by papers on the history of the ISTP and theoretical psychology, a new paradigm for functional disorders, experimental introspection and techniques of self, the performativity of psychological science, a dialectical-materalistic perspective on consciousness, the meaning of values, reconsiderations of metarepresentation, evolution in information-driven systems, the emancipatory potentials of Vygotsky’s universalism, language shaped movements of the self into “other spaces”, collective agency and conflictual care in refugee family life, resilience thinking in disaster research and practices, resisting quality management in higher education, the relationality and reflexivity of resistance and renewal, research on psychological science from its borders, rethinking possible selves research, imagination and embodied features of future-focused experience, perennial activities for theoretical psychology, and theorizing the future of theoretical psychology and psychology.

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  • ISTP and the life of theory in psychology
    Henderikus J. Stam
  • Old socks and the end of theory: Idola quantitatis and idola academica
    René van Hezewijk
  • A new paradigm to explain functional disorders and the adaptive network theory of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia syndrome
    Michael Hyland


  • Experimental introspection and techniques of self: A possible concept to highlight the practices of psychological laboratories at the end of 19th century
    Arthur Arruda Leal Ferreira
  •  Understanding and defending the psychological sciences
    Rod Noble and Mehri Takhvar
  • The performativity of psychological science
    Jeffrey Yen
  • Consciousness—an insoluble riddle? Dialectical-materialistic perspectives on the psychophysical problem
    Wolfgang Maiers
  • Disentangling the many meanings of values
    Alan Tjeltveit
  • Metarepresentations reconsidered
    Tim Creedon, Jay Kosegarten and Gary Kose
  • Evolution in information-driven systems
    Jonathan Doner
  • Friendship: Locus of thought and alterity
    Joana Sampaio Primo
  • Latin-American Marxist critiques of psychology
    David Pavón-Cuéllar
  • Emancipative potential of universalism: The case of Vygotsky’s universalism and its lessons
    Gordana Jovanovi?


  • Self moving into “other spaces.” The language shaped detour from the other to oneself
    Marie-Cécile Bertau
  • Imagination as embodied activity? Combining Zittoun’s imaginary loop model with Schuetz’s provinces of meaning
    Fabienne Gfeller
  • Disrupted refugee family life: Collective agency and conflictual care
    Ditte K. Shapiro
  • Emotions and personality in counselling
    Teemu Suorsa, Antti Rantanen, Seppo Laukka, Antti Siipo and Hannu Soini
  • Resilience as boundary object in disaster policy, research and interventions: Border thinking from the Indonesian “supermarket of disaster”
    Lusi Nuryanti, Gavin Brent Sullivan, Peter Branney and Suzie Wang
  • New methodologies for another perspective: Politics and the dynamics of recognition in the Brazilian drug dealing “war”
    Aline Souza Martins
  • Phenomenology revisited—resisting quality management in higher education
    Arnd Hofmeister


  • Relationality and reflexivity of resistance and renewal
    Aydan Gülerce
  • For a psychology of resistance
    Basia D. Ellis and Henderikus J. Stam
  • Researching research: Three perspectives for a hint of perspectivism
    Alaric Kohler, Lia Lordelo, Kevin Carriere
  • Possible selves or negotiating discourses: How do young people imagine their future?
    Andrea Kleeberg-Niepage
  • The future’s future: Homeostasis, imagination and semiotic uncoupling
    Steve Larocco


  • Perennial activities for theoretical psychology
    Lisa Osbeck
  • The future of theoretical psychology: Mindism, personism or brainism?
    Svend Brinkmann
  • The future of psychology, theoretical psychology and global society: Beyond prediction in imagining humanity’s challenges
    Gavin Brent Sullivan


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Gavin Brent Sullivan is a Reader (Associate Professor) in the Centre for Research in Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement, Coventry University and the theme lead for research on Identities and Resilience in Communities and Organisations (IRCO). His research is theoretically-driven, interdisciplinary and typically challenges mainstream psychology research while also generating new perspectives on problems and developing creative solutions in partnership with the individuals, organisations and communities who experience issues or problems. He has published more than 50 articles and chapters on a diverse range of theoretical, critical and applied topics.

James (Jim) Cresswell is an Associate Professor and Program Chair in Psychology at Ambrose University. 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 current work in education, philosophy of mind, cognitive science of religion, and immigration. His work has been supported by organizations such as the Social Science & Humanities Research Counsel, Templeton Foundation, and Murdoch Charitable Trust.

Basia D. Ellis is a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Comparative Human Development at The University of Chicago. She completed her doctoral degree in Social and Theoretical Psychology at the University of Calgary, for which she was awarded a Certificate of Academic Excellence for Doctoral Dissertation from the Canadian Psychological Association. Her research employs critical and cultural psychological perspectives to study the everyday lives of ‘illegal’ migrants in Canada and the United States. Dr. Ellis is an editor of the current volume of ISTP proceedings and has served as the editor of the ISPT Newsletter since 2013.

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 feminisms, poststructuralism and psychology. As well as these theoretical interests, she is 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.

Ernst Schraube is an Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of People and Technology at Roskilde University, Denmark. His research centers on the development of psychological theory and research practice for the study of the social and political implications of modern technology in everyday life, and he is currently working on a project on learning, digitalization and students' conduct of everyday life. His books include Auf den Spuren der Dinge: Psychologie in einer Welt der Technik [On the Track of Things: Psychology in a World of Technology] (Argument) and the co-edited volumes Challenges to Theoretical Psychology (Captus University Press), Psychology from the Standpoint of the Subject: Writings of Klaus Holzkamp (Palgrave Macmillan) and Psychology and the Conduct of Everyday Life (Routledge).