Historical Dimensions of Psychological Discourse / Edition 1

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We speak about the mind - about our thoughts, emotions, intentions, and the like - as if these words referred to actual events ("real thoughts," "real emotions," etc.). Yet, there is no way of determining what these words stand for, or whether such "real thoughts" or "real emotions" even exist. Are our present-day conceptions of psychological reality historically or culturally based? In this volume, prominent American and European scholars explore the historical shaping of psychological discourse. Speaking from several disciplinary standpoints, they direct attention to the ideological, intellectual, political, economic, and literary forces that enter into the cultural construction of mental life. In its explorations, the volume not only challenges the reality of the taken-for-granted world of everyday life, but raises fundamental questions concerning the potential of psychological science to establish historically independent knowledge of mental process. Contributions to the volume treat a variety of subjects, including the emotions, cognition, the concept of child development, psychotherapy, gender differences, and knowledge. Additional chapters represent first-hand accounts of historical change in psychological movements. This book will appeal to professional psychologists and graduate students in psychology, sociology, and history.
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"Provocative." Psychological Reports
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521480215
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 291
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
1 Psychological discourse in historical context: An introduction 1
2 The practice of psychological discourse 17
3 From tools to theories: Discovery in cognitive psychology 36
4 Metaphor and monophony in the twentieth-century psychology of emotions 60
5 Psyche and her descendants 83
6 Power and subjectivity: Critical history and psychology 103
7 Cultural politics by other means: Gender and politics in some American psychologies of emotions 125
8 Principles of selves: the rhetoric of introductory textbooks in American psychology 145
9 The naturalized female intellect 165
10 Sources of redemption in psychoanalytic developmental psychology 193
11 The historical vicissitudes of mental diseases: Their character and treatment 204
12 Women as mothers and the making of the European mind 227
13 Emancipation-a failed project? Remarks on the discourse of radical critique 243
14 The transcendental alarm 263
Author index 275
Subject index 281
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