Subjectivity and method in psychology: gender, meaning, and science
Sage, 1989 - 150 páginas
This important and exciting book makes a major contribution to methodology in psychology and the social sciences generally. Its main purpose is to show how psychology can be done differently'. From a standpoint which views knowledge as produced and reproduced within specific historical conditions and power relations, Wendy Hollway criticizes the almost intentional blindness of psychology to its own conditions of production'.
She describes her own method in her research on subjectivity and gender difference as well as the subjective, cultural and theoretical conditions within which it was developed. She outlines a theory of how meaning is achieved within discourses and discusses how the theory can be used to understand and analyse accounts and their production.
She explains how her theory helped her to understand the production and reproduction of gender difference in adult relations. Then, using a framework which connects psychodynamic processes, power relations and gender-differentiatedpositions, she analyses the production of a range of mainstream psychologies.
Central to the book is a radical reappraisal of the concept of subjectivity and its use as a tool for psychological understanding. The author concludes with an analysis of the way in which gender difference and subjectivity are involved in dominant conceptions of psychology as a science. She explores the implications of this analysis for feminist psychology and other psychologies with emancipatory goals.
About the Author
Wendy Hollway is a lecturer in the Development Studies and Project Planning Centre, University of Bradford. Previously, she taught in the Department of Occupational Psychology atBirkbeck College, University of London. She is currently preparing a book on the history of industrial//organizational psychology from the point of view of the conditions of its production. She is co-author (with J Henriques and others) of "Changing the Subject: Psychology, Social Regul
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Social psychology has depended on the idea of 'interaction': Attempts from within psychology to cope with the theoretical problems . . . have tended to resolve themselves into the mere making of statements to the effect that a 'complex ...
containing (condensing) many meanings in one idea or image. As Frosh (1987, p. 130) summarizes, metaphor and condensation both refer to 'the compression of multiple meanings into a single image'. This provides a dual means of ...
Ideas psychology, in contrast, emerged at the time when '"ideas" were brought into the mind and changed their character. John Locke . . . began by defining "an idea" as anything whatsoever of which a man thinks' (McDougall, 1923, pp.
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