Ian Parker has been a leading light in the fields of critical
and discursive psychology for over 25 years. The "Psychology After
Critique" series brings together for the first time his most
important papers. Each volume in the series has been prepared by
Ian Parker, and presents a newly written introduction and focused
overview of a key topic area.
Psychology After Deconstruction" is the second volume in the
series and addresses three important questions:
- What is 'deconstruction' and how does it apply to
- How does deconstruction radicalize social constructionist
approaches in psychology?
- What is the future for radical conceptual and empirical
The book provides a clear account of deconstruction, and the
different varieties of this approach at work inside and outside the
discipline of psychology. In the opening chapters Parker describes
the challenge to underlying assumptions of 'neutrality' or
'objectivity' within psychology that deconstruction poses, and its
implications for three key concepts: humanism, interpretation and
reflexivity. Subsequent chapters introduce several lines of debate,
and discuss their relation to mainstream axioms such as
'psychopathology', 'diagnosis' and 'psychotherapy', and alternative
approaches like qualitative research, humanistic psychology and
discourse analysis. Together, the chapters in this book show how,
via a process of 'erasure', deconstructive approaches question
fundamental assumptions made about language and reality, the self
and the social world. By demonstrating the application of
deconstruction to different areas of psychology, it also seeks to
provide a 'social reconstruction' of psychological research.
Psychology After Deconstruction" is essential reading for
students and researchers in psychology, sociology, social
anthropology and cultural studies, and for discourse analysts of
different traditions. It will also introduce key ideas and debates
within deconstruction to undergraduates and postgraduate students
across the social sciences.
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