Something instructive occurred in the process of entitling the present collection. Both editor and publisher sought a simple and succinct rubric for the various pieces of work. But they rapidly and reluctantly reached the consensus that, by either intellectual or marketing criteria, the inser tion of the adjective "psychological" to qualify the noun "development" was a communicative necessity. Much to the chagrin of the develop mental psychologist, the term development still connotes-to the world at large as well as the general community of publishers, librarians, and computer archivists-the modernization of nation states. Inside and outside the university, I find that, when asked, "What are you in terested in?" I am not at liberty to reply, "The concept of development," without being absorbed immediately into a discussion of Third World studies. The approach of the present volume should be taken as an exhortation to psychologists to take the genealogy of "development'' seriously. The history of the discipline is not so different from the histo ry of the word and, as we shall discover, the concern with developmen tal progress cannot easily be separated from the urge for dominion. This volume presents a selection from the recent critical scholarship on psychological development. The emphasis is on rethinking the field of developmental psychology at the level of theory.
1 An Introduction to Critical Developmental Psychology.- 2 The Rationalization of Infancy.- 3 The Difficulty of Being a Child in French-speaking Countries.- 4 No Laughing Matter: Girls' Comics and the Preparation for Adolescent Sexuality.- 5 The Illusion of Maturation in an Age of Decline.- 6 Critical Psychology and the Development of Motivation as Historical Process.- 7 Psychoanalysis and Ideology.- 8 The Decline of the Oedipus Complex.- 9 Piaget, Adorno, and Dialectical Operations.- 10 The Development of the Self.- Postscript.
Series: Path in Psychology
Number Of Pages: 313
Published: 31st March 1987
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 0.66