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Handbook of Dialogical Self Theory

Handbook of Dialogical Self Theory


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In a boundary-crossing and globalizing world, the personal and social positions in self and identity become increasingly dense, heterogeneous and even conflicting. In this handbook scholars of different disciplines, nations and cultures (East and West) bring together their views and applications of dialogical self theory in such a way that deeper commonalities are brought to the surface. As a 'bridging theory', dialogical self theory reveals unexpected links between a broad variety of phenomena, such as self and identity problems in education and psychotherapy, multicultural identities, child-rearing practices, adult development, consumer behaviour, the use of the internet and the value of silence. Researchers and practitioners present different methods of investigation, both qualitative and quantitative, and also highlight applications of dialogical self theory.

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ISBN-13: 9781107681064
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/23/2014
Pages: 518
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.02(d)

About the Author

Hubert J. M. Hermans studied psychology at the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands. His dissertation (1967) was on motivation and achievement and resulted in two psychological tests: the Achievement Motivation Test for Adults and the Achievement Motivation Test for Children. In 1973 he became Associate Professor of Psychology, and in 1980 Full Professor, at the University of Nijmegen. As a reaction to the static and impersonal nature of psychological tests, he developed the Self-Confrontation Method. Application of this method in practice led to the establishment of the Dutch Association for SCM Consultants which counted 300 members in 2010. In the 1990s, he developed Dialogical Self Theory (DST), inspired by the American pragmatism of William James and the dialogical school of the Russian literary scholar Mikhail Bakhtin. Since 2002 he has been president of the International Society for Dialogical Science (ISDS) and since 2006 editor-in-chief of the International Journal for Dialogical Science (IJDS). He is the initiator of the biennial International Conferences on the Dialogical Self and his theories and methods are applied worldwide. He is co-author of Dialogical Self Theory (2010). Nine special issues of scientific psychological journals are devoted to his work.

Thorsten Gieser received his MA in Social Anthropology and Religious Studies from the University of Heidelberg, Germany and attained his PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen, UK. He is an independent scholar and Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute with a particular interest in the cultural phenomenology of intersubjective experience, perception, embodiment and empathy.

Table of Contents

Introductory chapter: history, main tenets and core concepts of dialogical self theory Hubert J. M. Hermans and Thorsten Gieser; Part I. Theoretical Contributions: Introduction Hubert J. M. Hermans and Thorsten Gieser; 1. Positioning in the dialogical self: recent advances in theory construction Peter T. F. Raggatt; 2. Time and the dialogical self John Barresi; 3. Developmental origins of the dialogical self: early childhood years Marie-Cécile Bertau; 4. Self-making through synthesis: extending dialogical self theory Jaan Valsiner and Kenneth R. Cabell; 5. Multiculturalism, multiple identifications and the dialogical self: shifting paradigms of personhood in sociocultural anthropology Toon van Meijl; 6. Acculturation and the dialogical formation of immigrant identity: race and culture in diaspora spaces Sunil Bhatia; 7. Psychodrama: from dialogical self theory to a self in dialogical action Leni M. F. Verhofstadt-Denève; 8. Identity construction among transnational migrants: a dialogical analysis of the interplay between personal, social and societal levels Seth Surgan and Emily Abbey; 9. Negotiating with autonomy and relatedness: dialogical processes in everyday lives of Indians Nandita Chaudhary; 10. Dialogicality and the Internet Vincent W. Hevern; 11. Schizophrenia and alterations in first-person experience: advances offered from the vantage point of dialogical self theory Paul H. Lysaker and John T. Lysaker; 12. The dialogical self in the new South Africa Graham Lindegger and Charl Alberts; Part II. Methods for Studying the Dialogical Self: Introduction Hubert J. M. Hermans and Thorsten Gieser; 13. Dialogicality and personality traits Piotr K. Oleś and Małgorzata Puchalska-Wasyl; 14. Spatial organization of the dialogical self in creative writers Renata Żurawska-Żyła, Elżbieta Chmielnicka-Kuter and Piotr K. Oleś; 15. Cognitive architecture of the dialogical self: an experimental approach Katarzyna Stemplewska-Żakowicz, Bartosz Zalewski, Hubert Suszek and Dorota Kobylińska; 16. Voicing inner conflict: from a dialogical to a negotiational self Dina Nir; 17. Narrative processes of innovation and stability within the dialogical self Miguel M. Gonçalves and António P. Ribeiro; 18. Methodological approaches to studying the self in its social context Carol A. Jasper, Helen R. Moore, Lisa S. Whittaker and Alex Gillespie; Part III. Domains of Application: Introduction Hubert J. M. Hermans and Thorsten Gieser; 19. The use of I-positions in psychotherapy John Rowan; 20. Dialogically-oriented therapies and the role of poor metacognition in personality disorders Giancarlo Dimaggio; 21. Reconstructing the self in the wake of loss: a dialogical contribution Robert A. Neimeyer; 22. Creating dialogical space in psychotherapy: meaning-generating chronotope of ma Masayoshi Morioka; 23. Therapeutic applications of dialogues in dialogic action therapy David Y. F. Ho; 24. The depositioning of the I: emotional coaching in the context of transcendental awareness Agnieszka Hermans-Konopka; 25. The dialogical self and educational research: a fruitful relationship M. Beatrice Ligorio; 26. The self in career learning: an evolving dialogue Annemie Winters, Frans Meijers, Reinekke Lengelle and Herman Baert; 27. Navigating inconsistent consumption preferences at multiple levels of the dialogical self Shalini Bahl; Epilogue: a philosophical epilogue on the question of autonomy Shaun Gallagher.

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