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Performing Psychology : A Postmodern Culture of the Mind - Lois Holzman

Performing Psychology

A Postmodern Culture of the Mind

By: Lois Holzman (Editor), Kenneth J. Gergen (Foreword by)

Hardcover Published: 11th May 1999
ISBN: 9780415922043
Number Of Pages: 236

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i Performing Psychology /i consists of essays and stage plays by and about Fred Newman, the controversial American philosopher, psychotherapist, playwright and political activist for whom psychology, social action, human development and performance are one. The reader is invited into dialogues currently taking place among psychologists, philosophers, artists, and community activists on such topics as: the nature of human subjectivity; the relationship of theater to human development; the status of traditional science in a postmodern world; the process of therapy and diagnosis; and the re-initiation of creativity and growth. br br Arguing that both psychological activity and its study are essentially performance, Newman and his colleagues expose the myths of mainstream psychology and the limitations of its postmodern challengers. More than an academic critique, i Performing Psychology /i offers a new methodology for understanding human life.

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"""Performing Psychology: A Postmodern Culture of Mind is a rather unusual hybrid of various strands of critical psychology, including an unusual form of therapy combined with arguments about the nature of performance." -APA Review of Books

Forewordp. 1
Introductionp. 5
Life Upon the Wicked Stagep. 33
Life As Performance (Can You Practice Psychology If There's Nothing That's "Really" Going On?)p. 49
Diagnosis: The Human Cost of the Rage to Orderp. 73
Beyond Narrative to Performed Conversation ("In the Beginning" Comes Much Later)p. 87
A Therapeutic Deconstruction of the Illusion of Selfp. 111
Science Can Do Better than Sokal: A Commentary on the So-called Science Warsp. 133
The Story of Truth (A Whodunit) or Philosophie dans la Theatrep. 143
Twenty-Two Weeks of Pointless Conversationp. 157
What Is to Be Dead? (Philosophical Scenes)p. 197
Contributorsp. 225
Indexp. 227
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ISBN: 9780415922043
ISBN-10: 0415922046
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 236
Published: 11th May 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Number: 1