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.

The Return of Phantom Subjects

The return of phantom subjects

Traveling in tandem, this essay and Betty Bayer's study of phantoms that directly precedes it, examine what appear to be distinct qualities ascribed to the observer and the subject. The experimenter/observer is conventionally (and even epistemologically) exempted from a host of common assumptions otherwise made about humans. In contrast, the subject/participant is routinely vested with characteristics that are acknowledged, both implicitly and explicitly, as being made (constructed) or found (natural). While exploring the connectedness of these two types of experimental actors, I want to take the analysis one step further to confront some worrisome problems in constructionist theories.

The most obvious connection between these two predominant but dubitable types of experimental entities - the experimenter and the subject/participant - is the splitting of subjectivity entailed in presuming ...

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