Editorial

Frost, Elizabeth and Jones, David W. (2019). Editorial. Journal of Psychosocial Studies, 12(1-2) pp. 3–7.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1332/147867319X15608718110790

Abstract

Welcome to the ‘relaunch’ edition of the Journal of Psychosocial Studies. We have a new home with Policy Press, we are fully internationalised and the journal is appearing in print for the first time.

This is an exciting achievement for the many people involved and concerned, and a great step forward for psychosocial studies to have a named and dedicated publication.

It is some testimony to the interest in psychosocial studies as a disciplinary area that Policy Press has adopted the journal at this time. The motivation for psychosocial studies is perhaps simple enough; driven by the belief that the division between what might broadly be described as sociological and psychological understandings of the human world is a mistake. While it is worth noting that this manifestation of psychosocial studies has emerged in the UK, it would be very wrong to suggest that the underlying ethos and motivations of the psychosocial studies project have been confined to the UK and do not have longer historical roots. As this edition demonstrates through McLaughlin’s article on the lessons that might be learnt from the ‘rise, fall and revival’ of the prominent early pioneer of the Frankfurt School, Erich Fromm, and the many contributions that come from across Europe, Asia, Australia, North America, South Africa and South America, there have been past efforts and there are now similar established approaches and a sense of a discipline called psychosocial studies in highly diverse national contexts.

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