Reconstructing the psychological subject: bodies, practices by Betty M. Bayer, John Shotter

By Betty M. Bayer, John Shotter

This significant ebook deals a accomplished review of key debates on subjectivity and the topic in mental thought and perform. as well as social construction's lengthy engagement with social family, this quantity addresses questions of the physique, expertise, intersubjectivity, writing and investigative practices. The the world over popular participants discover the tensions and opposing viewpoints raised through those matters, and convey how studying the mental topic interrelates with reforming the practices of psychology. Drawing on views that come with feminism, dialogics, poststructuralism, hermeneutics, Lacanian psychoanalysis, and cultural or social reports of technology, readers are guided via pivotal

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Bodily relations and embodiment are themselves never completed through sociosymbolic systems for there is always something ''more'' to the body. There is thus another productive sense to the body's unruliness, one that revels in the disruptive or unsettling effects of the body for rethinking knowledges, subjects, and subjectivities. As both a site of cultural inscriptions and an agent or scribe of cultural transactions, the body or bodies pushes us to rethink relations between the inside and outside, between surface and depth, between power and desire.

No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, transmitted or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without permission in writing from the Publishers. SAGE Publications Ltd 6 Bonhill Street London EC2A 4PU SAGE Publications Inc 2455 Teller Road Thousand Oaks, California 91320 SAGE Publications India Pvt Ltd 32, M-Block Market Greater Kailash - I New Delhi 110 048 British Library Cataloguing in Publication data A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library ISBN 0 8039 7613 5 ISBN 0 8039 7614 3 (pbk) Library of Congress catalog card number 97-068908 Typeset by Type Study, Scarborough Printed in Great Britain by The Cromwell Press Ltd, Broughton Gifford, Melksham, Wiltshire Page v Contents Contributors' Notes vi Acknowledgments ix Introduction: Reenchanting Constructionist Inquiries Betty M.

Rather, it is a practical metaphysics that has been deployed and socially embedded in medicine, law, literary and artistic representations, the psychological construction of self, interpersonal relations, popular culture, and advertisements. (1993: 1314) Thus, resolutions to the legacy of privileging mind over body are not to be found in hasty assertions that ours is the century of the body, for the body has long captured attention and imagination. As Stafford (1991) so convincingly demonstrates in her examination of Enlightenment science, appeals to the body or the appeal of bodies were themselves caught up in enlightenment projects where the body was pivotal to dialectical tensions between inner and outer, visible and invisible, surface and depth.

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