Affectivität, Liminalität and Psychologie ohne Basis

Stenner, Paul (2019). Affectivität, Liminalität and Psychologie ohne Basis. In: Straub, Jürgen; Sorensen, Estrid; Chakkarath, Pradeep and Rebane, Gala eds. Kulturpsychologie in interdisziplinärer Perspektive: Hans-Kilian-Vorlesungen zur sozial-und kulturwissenschaftlichen Psychologie und integrativen Anthropologie. Hans-Kilian-Vorlesungen zur sozialund kulturwissenschaftlichen Psychologie und integrativen Anthropologie. Giessen: Psychosozial Verlag.


The chapter contributes towards the continued articulation of a critical alternative to mainstream psychology. It presents a brief and critical report on the 'affective turn' within social science and humanities disciplines, and argues for a rethinking of the concept of affectivity that can illuminate the experiential dimension of psychologically significant moments of transition. An argument is then put forward to the effect that such 'turns' in our academic and scientific ways of knowing are intimately related to broader societal transformations and to the experiential transformations these involve. The concepts of liminality and affectivity are then presented as parts of a process approach to the psychosocial which help us to think these two sets of transformations together. Both concepts are transdisciplinary to the extent that they cut across a range of disciplines, providing some much needed common ground in a contemporary context of postmodern fragmentation. By combining the broadly cultural focus suggested by liminality with the subjective or experiential focus suggested by affectivity, it becomes possible to productively rethink the old questions of structure and agency in relation to the more pertinent duality of structure and event.

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