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.

Emotion Words and Emotional Acts

Emotion words and emotional acts

Redirecting the Psychology of the Emotions

Recently a new, discursive approach has quite transformed the psychology of the emotions. The change has been brought about in part by the development of the new style of psychological research described in this book, the study of mental processes as properties of discourses. There has also been a growing literature of outstandingly competent work in anthropological psychology, directed to the understanding of diverse and exotic emotion systems (Lutz, 1988; Rosaldo, 1980). The radical character of new-style psychological research can be shown by contrasting it with the point of view that stands in the strongest opposition to discursive psychology. The old theory of emotions, and the research practice that went ...

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