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Introduction: Psychology after Deconstruction 1. Qualitative Data and the Subjectivity of 'Objective' Facts 2. Critical Reflexive Humanism and Critical Constructionist Psychology 3. Deconstructing Accounts 4. Constructions, Reconstructions and Deconstructions of Mental Health 5. Deconstruction and Psychotherapy 6. Deconstructing Diagnosis: Psychopathological Practice 7. Deconstruction, Psychopathology and Dialectics 8. Lacanian Social Theory and Clinical Practice
Ian Parker was Co-Founder and is Co-Director (with Erica Burman) of the Discourse Unit. He is a member of the Asylum: Magazine for Democratic Psychiatry collective, and a practising psychoanalyst in Manchester. His research and writing intersects with psychoanalysis and critical theory. He is currently editing a book series Lines of the Symbolic (on Lacanian psychoanalysis in different cultural contexts) for Karnac Books. He edited the 2011 four-volume Routledge major work Critical Psychology, and is editing the series Concepts for Critical Psychology: Disciplinary Boundaries Re-Thought. His books on critical perspectives in psychology began with The Crisis in Modern Social Psychology, and How to End It (Routledge, 1989), and continued with Discourse Dynamics: Critical Analysis for Social and Individual Psychology (Routledge, 1992). His recent books include Qualitative Psychology: Introducing Radical Research (Open University Press, 2005) and Revolution in Psychology: Alienation to Emancipation (Pluto Press, 2007).
'This series is the comprehensive resource we have been waiting for to enable new generations of budding psychologists, and all those who concern themselves with how we might live, to find their way to a just appreciation of what it might be to understand the myriad ways a human being can be a person among persons.' - Rom Harre, Linacre College, University of Oxford, UK, and the Psychology Department, Georgetown University, USA 'In a brilliant and sobering analysis, Parker uncovers the way that modern psychological discourse embeds a system of oppression and exploitation into the very structure of human subjectivity. His provocative synthesis of Deconstruction, Psychoanalysis, and Marxism lays the groundwork for a radical humanism capable of interrogating the networks of power and the possibilities of resistance at the heart of modern institutional existence.' - Michael Arfken, Department of Psychology, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada 'Over the last three decades Ian Parker has consistently proved to be one of the most thoughtful scholars in the field of critical psychology. Key themes in his work can be seen in this collection of papers: a concern with justice and inequality; the importance of questioning both the mainstream and critical responses to that mainstream; a (critically reflexive) humanism; and doing all this whilst writing in a clear, accessible, questioning and occasionally mischievous manner. In this book, Ian Parker has provided a way for practitioners to question - and to begin to re-think - the assumptions at the heart of their disciplines.' - David Harper, School of Psychology, University of East London, UK