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Social Constructionist Psychology : UK Higher Education OUP Psychology - David Nightingale

Social Constructionist Psychology

UK Higher Education OUP Psychology

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Published: 1st September 1999
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This book explores the growing conviction that dominant "discursive" trends in social constructionism - which deal with the analysis of language and discourse to the exclusion of the material world, embodiment,personal-social history, and power - are inadequate or incomplete and risk preventing social constructionism from maturing into a viable and coherent body of theory, method and practice, in highlighting what are seen as deficiencies in current constructionist approaches, the book takes a somewhat critical stance. However, the contributing authors are committed to a constructionist analysis of the human condition - into which they seek to reintegrate the material and embodied aspects of our nature. this text draws together for the first time a wide range of emerging issues, ideas and discussions in constructionist psychology. It shows how these issues are relevant to everyday life, using carefully-chosen examples to illustrate its arguments, and provides a coherent and challenging introduction to the field. As a result, the completion of social constructionism is brought a step closer its continued importance is underlined.

Notes on contributorsp. ix
Forewordp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
What's wrong with social constructionism?p. 1
A critical analysis of theoryp. 21
Critical reflexive humanism and critical constructionist psychologyp. 23
Beyond appearances: a critical realist approach to social constructionist workp. 37
A paradigm shift? Connections with other critiques of social constructionismp. 52
Materiality and embodimentp. 67
Between the dark and the light: power and the material contexts of social relationsp. 69
'Discourse or materiality?' Impure alternatives for recurrent debatesp. 83
Discourse and the embodied personp. 97
The extra-discursive in social constructionismp. 113
Realism, constructionism and phenomenologyp. 127
Taking our selves seriouslyp. 141
A critical analysis of practicep. 157
Whose construction? Points from a feminist perspectivep. 159
Social constructionism: implications for psychotherapeutic practicep. 176
That's all very well, but what use is it?p. 190
Conclusionp. 205
Reconstructing social constructionismp. 207
Glossaryp. 225
Indexp. 230
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ISBN: 9780335201921
ISBN-10: 033520192X
Series: UK Higher Education OUP Psychology
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st September 1999
Publisher: Open University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1