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.

Repopulating Social Psychology Texts: Disembodied “Subjects” and Embodied Subjectivity

Repopulating Social Psychology Texts: Disembodied “Subjects” and Embodied Subjectivity

Repopulating social psychology texts: Disembodied “subjects” and embodied subjectivity
HenderikusJ.Stam, IanLubek, and H.LorraineRadtke

Having quoted Billig's title in our own, we seek in another way to expand on his claim that social psychology constitutes an argument against common sense (1990, 1994, also see Billig, this volume). The form of knowledge that is social psychology competes with common sense for an understanding of everyday, garden-variety topics. In generating social psychological knowledge, elaborate arrangements must be made. We want to revisit the rhetorical construction of the experiments, and the bodies of the participants, actors, and experimenters that pass through this ritual of scientific data production. In doing so we will try to see how the argument for social psychology comes from the bodies of its “subjects.” In order to make this salient we ...

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