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This book explores the discipline of psychology through in-depth dialogues with scholars who have lived at the turbulent edges of mainstream psychology in the USA, and who have challenged the most cherished theoretical frameworks. It includes researchers whose work has been widely esteemed in recent decades, but has ultimately not been taken up to reconstitute the theoretical direction of the field. This volume chronicles perspectives from select scholars on the current states of their respective areas of the field, their understanding of how their work has been metabolized, and their concerns about the conceptual frames that currently set the theoretical boundaries of the discipline. These authors demand a reinterpretation of thresholds to allow for a less monological emphasis in the adoption of particular frameworks, and to demonstrate historical, social, economic and political consequences of their chosen frameworks. The contents of the volume will assist theoreticians and clinicians in their understanding of how particular kinds of knowledge are determined, accepted, and produced in the field at large.
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Introduction.- Chapter 1: Strong Relationality and Hermeneutic Realism: A Conversation With Brent D. Slife (Interviewed by Brian Becker, Lesley University).- Chapter 2: Madness, Modernism, and Interpretation: A Conversation with Louis Sass (Interviewed by Mark Freeman, College of the Holy Cross).- Chapter 3: History, Morality, and the Politics of Relationality: A Conversation With Philip Cushman (Interviewed by Heather Macdonald, Lesley University).- Chapter 4: A Phenomenological-Contextualist Perspective in Psychoanalysis: A Conversation with Robert D. Stolorow (Interviewed by Peter Maduro, Private Practice).- Chapter 5: Thinking Psychology Otherwise: A Conversation With Mark Freeman (Interviewed by David Goodman, Boston College).- Chapter 6: Critique, Construction and Co-Creation: A Conversation with Kenneth Gergen (Interviewed by Mark Freeman, College of the Holy Cross).- Chapter 7: The Incorrigible Science: A Conversation with James Lamiell (Interviewed by Jack Martin, Simon Fraser University).- Chapter 8: Toward a Social Psychoanalysis: A Conversation with Lynne Layton (Interviewed by Elizabeth Corpt, Private Practice).- Chapter 9: The Psychic Life Of The Political: A Conversation With Derek Hook (Interviewed by Heather Macdonald, Lesley University).- Chapter 10: Psychoanalytic Sensibility and Honoring Individual Differences: A Conversation with Nancy McWilliams (Interviewed by Marie Hoffman, Private Practice).

About the Author

Heather Macdonald is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Lesley University, Massachusetts USA, and a fellow at the Psychology and the Other Institute.David Goodman is Associate Dean at the Woods College of Advancing Studies at Boston College, USA. He is Director of Psychology and the Other, and a Teaching Associate at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Hospital, USA.Brian Becker is Assistant Professor of Neuropsychology in the Division of Psychology and Applied Therapies at Lesley University, USA, and a research fellow at the Psychology and the Other Institute.

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