The Body and Psychology
Publication Year: 1998
The body has come to provide a central site for theory and debate from social theory to cultural studies. This important volume looks beyond psychologyÆs traditional biological body to explore what insights can be gained from recent theories of embodiment. Taking the body as inscribed by social and disciplinary practices, leading contributors explore a wide range of psychological topics in new and challenging ways. Questions surrounding health, gender, history, and culture are addressed in contexts such as the psychology of pain, the treatment of anorexia nervosa, and psychologyÆs relationship to transgender activists. The Body and Psychology brings cross-disciplinary perspectives to bear on the psychological body and, in the process, succeeds in drawing attention to the many embodied qualities of its subject matter. This book will ...
- Front Matter
- Subject Index
Part I: Introduction
- Chapter 1: The Body's Psychology and Psychology's Body: Disciplinary and Extra-Disciplinary Examinations
Part II: Social and Psychological Bodies
- Chapter 2: Displays and Fragments: Embodiment and the Configuration of Social Worlds
- Chapter 3: Establishing Embodiment in Psychology
- Chapter 4: Mind as Body Moving in Space: Bringing the Body Back into Self-Psychology
Part III: Sexed and Gendered Bodies
- Chapter 5: ‘Loving the Computer’: Cognition, Embodiment and the Influencing Machine
- Chapter 6: Feminism, Psychology and Matters of the Body
- Chapter 7: Situated Knowledges of Personal Embodiment: Transgender Activists' and Psychological Theorists' Perspectives on ‘Sex’ and ‘Gender’
- Chapter 8: Habitus: From the Inside Out and the outside In
Part IV: Sick and Healing Bodies
Introduction © Henderikus J. Stam 1998
First published 1998
Chapter 10 was previously published in the journal of Theory & Psychology, volume 7, number 4, 1997: all other chapters were previously published in the journal of Theory & Psychology, volume 6, number 4, 1996.
Thanks to Caterina Pizanias for her photo research and conceptual thoughts on the cover design.
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Notes on Contributors[Page vii]
Cor Baerveldt is a Junior Researcher in the Department of Cultural Psychology, University of Nijmegen. He obtained his master's degree with a thesis on the cultural constitution of expressive bodily skills, especially in relation to eating disorders. He is currently working on a dissertation on New Age practices. His main fields of interest are the epistemological foundations of the human sciences, human embodiment and the cultural constitution of self.
Betty M. Bayer is an Assistant Professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She has published articles pertaining to theory and history in social psychology, critiques of sociobiology, and research into women's self-help books on the body. She is co-editor, with John Shotter, of Reconstructing the Psychological Subject: Bodies, Practices and Technologies (forthcoming). She is currently working on a cultural history of gender constructions and human-machine investigative practices in small group research.
Arthur W. Frank is Professor of Sociology at the University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He is the author of At the Will of the Body: Reflections on Illness (1991) and The Wounded Storyteller: Body, Illness, and Ethics (1995). He is also editor of the Case Stories series in the journal Making the Rounds in Health, Faith and Ethics (Chicago, The Park Ridge Center). His work concerns the power of telling one's own story as a way of living through suffering.
Harry J.G. Kempen lectures in general and comparative cultural psychology at the Psychological Laboratory of the University of Nijmegen. Primarily assigned to cross-cultural personality research, he has gradually moved into cultural psychological theory development. His long-term interest is in classical and contemporary interdisciplinary theories within the social sciences. He is co-author, with Hubert Hermans, of The Dialogical Self: Meaning as Movement (Academic Press, 1993), a study viewing the self as composed of multiple I-positions in dialogue with each other and the collective voices of society.
Robert Kugelmann is an associate professor of psychology and author of two books: The Windows of Soul (1983) and Stress: The Nature and History of Engineered Grief (1992). Current research includes an empirical phenomenological and social constructionist approach to chronic pain, and a study [Page viii]of the implications of the work of Emmanuel Lévinas for the nature of psychology.
Kareen Ror Malone is an Associate Professor of Psychology at West Georgia College. She has researched and published in areas related to the fields of feminism, social construction, humanistic psychology and psychoanalysis. Her main interests are Lacanian psychoanalysis, its understanding of the structures of subjectivity, and its possible (non-reductive) relevance to issues in social psychology, especially questions of body and desire.
Mary Brown Parlee is Visiting Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she teaches courses in the Women's Studies Program. Her research interests include women's health, premenstrual syndrome and (drawing on feminist, historical and science studies approaches) the social construction of women's health ‘issues’. She is author most recently of chapters in The Good Body: Asceticism in Contemporary Culture (Yale University Press, 1994), Premenstrual Dysphorias: Myths and Realities (American Psychiatric Press, 1994), Psychology of Women: A Handbook of Issues and Theories (Greenwood, 1993) and of forthcoming essays in The Women's Studies Encyclopedia (Harvester Wheatsheaf) and (with Stephanie J. Bird) the Encyclopedia of Neuroscience (Elsevier Science).
Caterina Pizanias is an itinerant academic who received her PhD in 1992 in the sociology of knowledge from the University of Alberta. She is interested in expressive culture—in both its everyday and ‘learned’ manifestations. Her research documents and attempts to understand the traffic of cultural ‘texts’ and ‘values’ within the academy and other social worlds.
Alan Radley is Reader in Health and Social Relations in the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University, UK. His research interests include, specifically, the problems of coping with heart disease and, more generally, issues concerning the social context of health and illness. He also researches in the field of charitable giving. His book publications include Prospects of Heart Surgery: Psychological Adjustment to Coronary Bypass Grafting (Springer, 1988); In Social Relationships: An Introduction to the Social Psychology of Membership and Intimacy (Open University Press, 1991); The Body and Social Psychology (Springer, 1991); and Making Sense of Illness: The Social Psychology of Health and Disease (Sage, 1994); and Worlds of Illness: Biographical and Cultural Perspectives on Health and Disease (Routledge, 1993) and co-author with M. Billig, S. Condor, D. Edwards, M. Gane and D. Middleton of Ideological Dilemmas: A Social Psychology of Everyday Thinking (Sage, 1988). He is the editor of the journal Health.[Page ix]
Edward E. Sampson is a Professor of Psychology at California State University, Northridge. For the last 25 years, he has sought to develop a critique of his field, social psychology, by taking seriously the social aspect of the field's name. He has been especially concerned with the political implications of social psychological work and has written widely in this regard, including Justice and the Critique of Pure Psychology, Plenum, 1993; Celebrating the Other, Harvester Wheatsheaf/Westview, 1993 and the forthcoming Dealing with Differ
Henderikus J. Stam is Professor of Psychology at the University of Calgary. His research interests are in the historical and theoretical foundations of psychology. He is the editor of the journal Theory & Psychology and co-editor with L. Radkte of Power/Gender: Social Relations in Theory and Practice (1994).
Paul Voestermans is Associate Professor of Cultural Psychology at the University of Nijmegen. His research has focused on theories of culture and their application to the cultural patterning of behaviour. His main area of interest is the cultural and embodied forms of feeling. He has published several articles in Dutch and English dealing with this theme of emotion and feeling, embodiment and culture.
Elizabeth A. Wilson is a research fellow in the Department of Women's Studies at the University of Sydney, NSW. She is the author of Neural Geographies: Feminism and the Microstructure of Cognition. (Routledge, 1998).[Page x]