This book reviews the significance of discourse analysis for a new generation of psychologists, and shows how discursive approaches question underlying assumptions commonly made about the nature of ‘thinking’ and ‘behaviour’ in the discipline.
About the Author:
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 4-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. His recent books include Qualitative Psychology: Introducing Radical Research (Open University Press, 2005) and Revolution in Psychology: Alienation to Emancipation (Pluto Press, 2007).