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Rethinking Psychology

Smith, Jonathan A., Harré, Rom, & Langenhove, Luke Van (Eds.).

 The authors review changes in the theoretical approaches to psychology that are "working towards a new foundation" (p. 1). They consider it "a positive development for a discipline which has traditionally privileged empirical data collection" (p. 1). In the Introduction the emphases of the old and new paradigms are noted: the new ones are also those most relevant to the study of exceptional human experience: understanding/describing; meaning; interpretation; language/discourse/symbol; holistic; particularity; cultural context; and subjectivity. Thus, this volume is an important one for persons researching EHEs. There are four parts: Rehearing Old Voices (phenomenological psychology; symbolic interactionism; idiography and the case study); Part II. New Voices (social representations; cultural psychology; feminism). Part III. The Turn to Discourses (discursive psychology; dialogical psychology, narratology). Part IV: two chapters on Clarifying Concepts. Note: although many of the approaches described are methodological, the emphasis is on their theoretical foundations.
Publisher Information:Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1995. 246p. Bibl: 221-239; 7 figs; Index: 240-246; 2 tables
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