This lucidly argued volume covers the key philosophical revolutions that are shaping contemporary psychology. Harr[ac]e and Gillett herald a new paradigm in psychology, dissolving the Cartesian distinction between mind and body in favour of the discursive turn in psychological theory. The authors explore the discursive origins of the self, the problem of agency and social understanding of personality. In the process, they elevate the emotions to a significant place in our understanding of mind, action and being. The theoretical breadth of the book is matched by its treatment of a wide range of subjects, including: consciousness; the brain; perception; thought; personality; and the emotions.
Chapter 1: A Clash of Paradigms
A Clash of Paradigms
The Advent of Discursive Psychology
In this introductory book, we are going to try to cover those recent developments in psychology that have led to the movement that has come to be called discursive psychology. Our focus will be on psychology, but the influence of this movement is increasingly felt in all other branches of human studies. The movement we will be describing involves sociology, anthropology, and linguistics. The advent of discursive psychology has been in part the result of a synthesis of trends in these and other aspects of human science. Some of the material we shall be dealing with is easily seen as anthropology just as much as it is as psychology. Psychology, however, has changed much ...