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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.

The Ordinary, the Original, and the Believable in Psychology's Construction of the Person
The ordinary, the original, and the believable in psychology's construction of the person
KennethJ.Gergen

The psychological subject is pre-eminently a textual being, born of a confluence of discursive practices. In generating the sense of a subject to be elucidated, the investigator can scarcely escape tradition; to do so would be to fail in achieving intelligibility. Yet, molding character from the available repositories of discourse is a precarious undertaking. Accounts of character - what it is to be a coherent and identifiable person - are first of all possessions of the populace. They are central constituents of ordinary language conventions and, as a result, intimately intertwined in daily patterns of human relationship. Thus, when people speak of their intentions, beliefs, wants, hopes, fears, and the like, ...

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