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Paradox in the pursuit of a critical theorization of the development of self in family relationships

Hollway, Wendy (2006). Paradox in the pursuit of a critical theorization of the development of self in family relationships. Theory and Psychology, 16(4) pp. 465–482.

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This article starts with my dissatisfaction with the post-structuralist treatment of the production of subjectivity within regulatory discourses and practices due to its neglect of psychological processes. Taking starting points from within the history set out in the previous article, it highlights the paradox for critical psychologists like myself involved in both applying a post-structuralist critique to 'psy' discourses and trying to theorize subjectivity in a way that goes beyond the dualism of individual and society, of psychology and sociology. The relational, or intersubjective, approach to self that originates in object relations psychoanalysis as it emerged in the mid-20th-century UK is central to both of these activities; object of the former and resource for the latter. I explore the paradox that this creates for critical psychology, both epistemological and ontological. In aiming to provide a psycho-social account of self in family relationships, I deploy the radical conceptualisation of intersubjectivity initiated in British object relations theory as a way of going beyond both the individualized self and the neglect of psychological processes in constructionist theorizing subjectivity.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 1461-7447
Keywords: intersubjectivity; object relations; psycho-social; self; subjectivity
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 8257
Depositing User: Wendy Hollway
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2007
Last Modified: 15 May 2018 14:48
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