Contemporary Theorizing in Psychology - ISTP 2003
Global Perspectives

Aydan Gulerce, Arnd Hofmeister, Irmingard Staeuble, (Eds.)

Captus University Publications, ISBN 978-1-55322-109-8 (2005)
420 pages, 750 g, 7 X 10, $49.95 (US$40.00)

Over the past decades, theorising in contemporary psychology has been increasingly attending to significant pitfalls of mainstream psychology. These issues included stimulating debates between novel conceptual models, as well as the relations between theory and practice, historicity and philosophy of science. Moreover, theoretical psychologists showed growing interest furthering critical issues such as theory's discursive function, new methodologies, politics of social knowledge and hence, pragmatics of theory and methodological assumptions to render possible "good" theory and societal practice.

The tenth biennial conference of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology was held in Istanbul, in 2003. Perhaps it was meeting in a non-Western country that led speakers to focus on globalization issues (particularly poignant as it was a round the time of the second Gulf War). Thus the current volume is a selection of essays reflecting the diversity of this international group of psychologists and scholars from other related discplines. Although organised into themathic sections such as metatheorizing in psychology, psychology in non-western worlds, psychology and politics, research and practice, ethics and values, subjectivity and agency, theorising development, and transformative identities; nonetheless, each chapter provides the reader with not only extensive coverage of diverse theoretical issues in that particular topic, but also a detailed discussion.

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Metatheorizing Psychology

One great double science: The interaction of psychology and neuroscience
Maurice K.D. Schouten

Reduction, elimination and levels of explanation: Explanatory pluralism in psychology
Huib Looren de Jong

Non-classical psychology: Beyond the internal and the external
Dimitry Leontiev

Critical issues for an epistemology of the social sciences
Rachel Joffe Falmagne

For a new materialist understanding of social science: Decomposing the fact-value debate
Dimitris Papadopoulos

Existence and characterization
Guy Saunders

Revisiting the probability debate: An argument for an ‘informed discursive' approach to probability
Kieran O'Doherty

The "what" of psychical change
Benjamin Sylvester Bradley

Psychology in Non-Western Worlds

Theoretical challenges of internationalizing psychological knowledge
Gordana Jovanović

The international expansion of psychology: Cultural imperialism or chances for alternative cultures of knowledge?
Irmingard Staeuble

A human science for an inhuman time? The rise and demise of phenomenology in South African psychology, 1976-1990
Desmond Painter

How do adolescent boys and girls in Nepal relate to one another? A partnership approach
Bisika Thapa

Deconstructing knowledge production on teenage pregnancy in South Africa
Catriona Macleod

Psychology and Politics

Interrogating the political value of psychology
Niamh Stephenson

Reconciliation through the culture of history? Moral shaping of collective memory
Sirkka Ahonen

Emotions and rights: On the interpenetration of the psychic and the social
Paul Stenner

Theorizing psychology and the future: New horrors and pleasures
Gavin Sullivan

Research and Practice

The social practice of psychotherapy: Theory — structure — critique
Ole Dreier

Health and subjectivity: Beyond governmentality
Arnd Hofmeister

Reconstituting psychology's paradigm: Toward a reformulated disciplinary practice
John Kaye

Relationships between researchers and research participants in psychology and the human sciences
Mary Alston Kerllenevich

Rating tasks in psychology: From static ontology to dialogical synthesis of meaning
Brady Wagoner and Jaan Valsiner

Ethics and Values

Values and validity: Psychology as a moral science
Svend Brinkmann

Space, place and position: Ethical operators in clinical work
Christian Ingo Lenz Dunker

Lacanian ethics in psychology: Seven paradigms
Ian Parker

Psychologist as moral agent: Negotiating praxis-oriented knowledge in infancy
Jane M. Selby & Benjamin S. Bradley

Obliged to succeed: Self-esteem as ethical obligation
Dorota Pomagalska

Subjectivity and Agency

"Attitudes": From static "inner states" to dynamic "styles of address"
John Shotter

(Dis)closure and its (in)juries
Maria Gurevich, Jo Bower, Cynthia Mathieson

Sign, voice, and discourse: Three semiotic analysis units in contrast
Carlos Cornejo

The morphogenesis of subjectivity: Between constructionism and neuroscience
John Cromby

Critical Psychological Subjectivity: On agency and structure
David J. Nightingale

Anxiety and phantasy as psychopolitical agents of resistance: Converging Klein and Lacan on theorizing subjectivity and society
Aydan Gülerce

Symbolic Resources

Giving the future form: Non-reflective and reflective uses of symbolic resources
Alex Gillespie

Uses of symbolic resources in the transition to parenthood
Tania Zittoun

"When we get our rights..." Reinterpreting the present and creating trajectories with a symbolic resource
Flora Cornish

Transformative Identities

The postcolonial through the prism of love: Emotions and the constitution of the modern subject
Nükhet Sirman

Seismic affection: The cultural politics of identity construction in Greek press coverage of earthquakes in Turkey
Nikos Bozatzis

Mirror representations of national identity: Greece and Turkey
Thalia Dragonas

The Turks as enemy in Greek history schoolbooks: Biased presentation of historical facts or banal construction of national identity?
Efthalia Konstantinidou

Discourses about the body in a changing social context
Márta Csabai, Anna Borgos, Anna Kende, and Ferenc Erős


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