Challenges to Theoretical Psychology - ISTP 1997

Wolfgang Maiers, B Bayer, B D Esgalhado, R Jorna & E Schraube  (Eds.)

Captus University Publications, ISBN 978-1-896691-75-6 (1999)
512 pages, 900 g, 7 X 10, $49.00 (US$39.25)

What is psychology? The conceptual and methodological fractionation of our discipline means it is an academic enterprise without a centre but with multiple, diverse problems and inconsistencies. Theoretical psychology has always tried to bring a broader perspective back to psychology. This volume challenges both psychology as discipline and the possibilities of theory to bind it. It pushes the limits of theory while simultaneously looking back for renewal in the history of psychology and related fields of knowledge.

Virtually all of the major theoretical problems of psychology receive coverage in this volume. Where will cognition run aground and where will cultural perspectivism seek to take psychology instead? Does the hermeneutic understanding of life make it possible to integrate experience into a science of psychology? What are the relationships among history, theory, and culture? How has a narrative understanding grounded the study of self and identity? How have social constructionism and poststructuralist critiques challenged psychology, and how would a Marxist-oriented, critical psychology resist such change? What remains of a scientifically or historically realist psychology? Where does technology fit in the formation of psychology and what kind of body does this give to the psychological subject? These questions and more make this a groundbreaking volume in theoretical psychology.

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Continuities, Ruptures, and Options: Construing History of Psychology in Germany (Carl F. Graumann)

Psychological Understanding and the Role of Theory

  • The Theoretical Imperative in Psychology (Charles W. Tolman)
  • Problems with the "Way of Theory" (John Shotter)
  • Theoretical Psychology for the Next Millennium (Daniel N. Robinson)
  • The Structure of Narrative and the Narrative Structure of Life (Leendert P. Mos and Jeffry Stepnisky)
  • Constructing Knowledge through Inter Views (Steinar Kvale)
  • The Function of Theory in Interpretive Psychology (Ulrike Popp-Baier)
  • Scoping up Scope. Steps Towards Level Assessment (Hans van Rappard)

Critical History of Psychology

  • Natural Kinds, Human Kinds, and Historicity (Kurt Danziger)
  • On Historical Continuity (Hans van Rappard)
  • The Impact of Practice on the Development of Psychology (Pieter J. van Strien)
  • Canadian Social Psychology: Fifty Years of Cross-border Shopping (Frances Cherry)
  • Inter-Generational Theory Generation and Gender (Angela Febbraro, Brian Ross, Heather Thoms-Chesley, Natasha Bauer and Ian Lubek)

Foundational Issues in the Sciences of Mind

  • Meaning Concepts Used in Psychology and Computer Sciences (Stefan Meretz)
  • The Study of Sign and Information Handling: New Opportunities for Psychology (René Jorna)
  • Are Connectionist Models Theories of Cognition? (Christopher D. Green)
  • Changing Theories: Elimination and Reference (Maurice K.D. Schouten and Huib Looren de Jong)
  • Digging Tunnels: Will Philosophy, Psychology and Biology Ever Meet? (René van Hezewijk)

Agency, Action and Consciousness

  • Beliefs, Motivation and Action (Sacha Bem)
  • Personal Relationships as Meaning Relationships: An Approach in Terms of an Extended Subjective Behaviourism (Enno Schwanenberg)
  • Pain, Place, Pathos (Robert Kugelmann)
  • Ethics, Embodiment and Experience: Beyond the Fragile Bonds We Call Autonomy (Lisa Blackman)
  • Freedom in Self Narration (Jeffry Stepnisky and Leendert P. Mos)

Implications of Life Narratives for Psychological Theorisation

  • Between Life and Story: Possibilities and Limits of the Psychological Study of Life Narratives (Jens Brockmeier)
  • Intertextuality and Positioning in Life Narratives (Karoline Tschuggnall)
  • Is There Anything Behind Discourse? Narrative and the Local Accomplishments of Identities (Michael Bamberg)
  • Moral Relativism in Narrative Approaches (Barbara Juen)
  • Life Narratives and the Construction of Normality (Alessandra Fasulo)
  • Life Narratives, the Poetics of Selfhood, and the Redefinition of Psychological Theory (Mark Freeman)

Social Practice, Discourse and Subjects

  • "Doing" Social Support as a Discursive Process (Janos V. Botschner)
  • Doing Identity: A Conceptual Framework for the Study of Contemporary Masculinity (Jeroen Jansz)
  • Participation, Intercontextuality, and Personal Trajectories (Ole Dreier)
  • Child Development in Trajectories of Social Practice (Charlotte Højholt)
  • Subjects, Discourse and Ideology in Social Work (Morten Nissen)

Psychological Studies and the Notion of Culture

  • Towards a Psychological Study of Culture: Epistemological Considerations (Cor Baerveldt and Theo Verheggen)
  • Cultural Psychology Looks at Culture (Paul Voestermans)
  • Theorizing Cultural Selves and Human Agency in a Postcolonial World (Irmingard Staeuble)
  • Psychology and "The Nation" (Nick Hopkins and Steve Reicher)

Technology and the Body in Psychology

  • Technologies "R" Us: Psychology and the Production of New Bodies (Henderikus J. Stam)
  • Technovisions and the Remaking of Scientific Identity (Betty M. Bayer)
  • Everyday Objects Between Promise and Use (Rainer Schönhammer)
  • Lifting Technosexual Bans: Crafting Psychology (Ángel Juan Gordo-López)
  • Technologies of the Body: Discourses of Women's Sexual Abuse in Childhood (Kasia Galperyn and Henderikus J. Stam)

Feminist Research and Subjectivity

  • On The Dialectics of Sexual Politics (Frigga Haug)
  • Minding the Gap: Subjectivity and Sexuality Research (Niamh Stephenson and Susan Kippax)
  • Childhood Sexuality and the Subjectivity of the Researcher (Valerie Walkerdine)
  • What Jewels Does a Woman Want? Bovarysm and My Necklace of Pearls (Chryssi Inglessi)

Postmodernism, Marxism and Critical Psychology

  • Postmodernity and Repressed Intersubjectivity (Gordana Jovanovic)
  • (Re)Theorising Constructionism (David Nightingale)
  • Bakhtin and "Anti-Bakhtin": Some Contemporary Approaches (Natalia Avtonomova)
  • Postmodern Challenges to the Conservative Anchoring of Critical Psychology (Peter Mattes)
  • Dialectics of Critical Psychologies in Germany (Thomas Teo)
  • De-construction of Subjectivity and Psychological Subject Science (Arnd Hofmeister)
  • Critical Psychology - An Unfinished Modern Project (Wolfgang Maiers)
  • Subjectivity and the Other (Ute Osterkamp)
  • Psychology and Marxism: Dialectical Opposites? (Ian Parker)


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