Conclusions: Psychosocial Studies – A Therapeutic Project?

Richards, Barry; Jones, David W.; Yates, Candida; Price, Heather and Day Sclater, Shelley (2009). Conclusions: Psychosocial Studies – A Therapeutic Project? In: Day Sclater, Shelley; Jones, David W.; Price, Heather and Yates, Candida eds. Emotion: New Psychosocial Perspectives. Houndmills: Palgrave, pp. 242–254.




The essays in this book show in different ways and in a wide range of contexts how emotion is implicated in every area of our personal and public lives, relationships and institutions. Various psychosocial theories and perspectives have been deployed by the contributors to examine the different ways in which emotion provides a psychosocial bridge between the inner and outer worlds, binding them together, through the shifting processes of history, discourse and unconscious phantasy. Clearly there are many "psychosocial" approaches. They vary in the kind of psychology being deployed, as illustrated by the various forms of psychoanalytic psychology, identity theory and biographic narrative appraches to be found here, and the wider range to be found elsewhere. Along with this diversity in their models of the "psycho", psychosocial approaches also vary in the ways that the "social" can be theoretically and /or empirically present, with sociological theory (Rustin, Chapter 2), politics (Evans, Chapter 6; Yates, Chapter 7) and history (Jones, Chapter 16), cultural forms and artefacts (Powell, Chapter 8), policy studies (Cooper, Chapter 13), criminology (Gelsthorpe, Chapter 14) and education policy (Price, Chapter 15) being among the ways in which the "social" has been presented to readers of this book.

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