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Psychology After Discourse Analysis


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Introduction: Psychology after Discourse Analysis 1. Discourse Analysis: Dimensions of Critique in Psychology 2. Four Story-Theories About and Against Postmodernism in Psychology 3. Discourse Analysis and Psycho-Analysis 4. Discursive Complexes in Material Culture 5. Against Discursive Imperialism, Empiricism and Constructionism 6. Discourse Analysis and Micronations of the Self in Times of War

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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

'This is a daring and necessary book from a key advocate of discourse analysis in psychology. Ian Parker effortlessly weaves an accessible outline of the field of discourse analysis in psychology and a radical argument `for' and `against' its use as a critical tool. This is an inspirational call for researchers to shape a different path for discourse analysis by connecting it with psychoanalysis and political and psychological culture - a call that hopefully will help transform both critical and mainstream psychology, as well as the practice of discourse analysis itself.' - Cristian Tileaga, Department of Social Sciences, Loughborough University, UK

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