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Reconstructing the Psychological Subject offers a comprehensive overview of key debates on subjectivity and the subject in psychological theory and practice. In addition to social construction's long engagement with social relations, this volume addresses questions of the body, technology, intersubjectivity, writing, and investigative practices. An international cast of contributors explore the tensions and opposing viewpoints raised by these issues and shows how analyzing the psychological subject interrelates with reforming the practices of psychology. Drawing on perspectives that include feminism, dialogics, poststructuralism, hermeneutics, Lacanian psychoanalysis, and cultural or social studies of science, readers are guided through pivotal debates in the field. Reconstructing the Psychological Subject will be invaluable reading for students and academics in psychology, social constructionism, communication studies, and social studies of science.

Between Apparatuses and Apparitions: Phantoms of the Laboratory
Between apparatuses and apparitions: Phantoms of the laboratory
BettyM.Bayer

The crucial question is not “What does the phantom signify?” but “How is the very space constituted where entities like the phantom can emerge?”

(Slavoj Zizek (1991), “Grimaces of the Real, or When the Phallus Appears”)

Phantoms would seem to represent the very antithesis of the scientific order. After all, is it not science that is to separate fact from fiction, the authentic from the phantasmal? And is it not in the service of securing an objective way of knowing individual, cultural, and social psychological life that scientific psychology has deployed its vast assemblage of tools, instruments, and apparatuses? In psychology's world of mainstream positivism, social relations and scientific practices are governed by a discourse of restraint and by a clear set of ...

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