Book review: Playing with purpose: Adventures in performative social science

Owton, Helen (2014). Book review: Playing with purpose: Adventures in performative social science. Feminism and Psychology, 24(1) pp. 136–141.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0959353513489160

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The artistic, portentous, playful, and creative appearance of the book gives a very spirited impression of what could be lingering inside. I imagine that these pages have been written and constructed by their own handwriting and anticipate that life will breathe from these exciting pages into my living room. I’m not disappointed as Mary and Kenneth Gergen describe their personal and social journeys into the performative field through the five wonderfully written sections: (I) Toward a performative social science; (II) Literary arts: Playing with potentials; (III) Dramatic arts: Ideas in action; (IV) Visualising ideas: Believing is seeing; (V) Extending experiments: Flying furniture

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