The Psychology of Personhood: Philosophical, Historical, Social-Developmental, and Narrative Perspectives

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-01-01
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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What is a person? Surprisingly little attention is given to this question in psychology. For much of the past century, psychology has tended to focus on the systematic study of processes rather than on the persons who enact and embody them. In contrast to the reductionist picture of much mainstream theorising, which construes persons as their mental lives, behaviours or neurophysiological particulars, The Psychology of Personhood presents persons as irreducibly embodied and socially situated beings. Placing the study of persons at the centre of psychology, this book presents novel insights on the typical, everyday actions and experiences of persons in relation to each other and to the broader society and culture. Leading scholars from diverse academic disciplines paint an integrative portrait of the psychological person within evolutionary, historical, cultural, developmental and everyday contexts.

Table of Contents

Introducing persons and the psychology of personhood
Philosophical, Conceptual Perspectives
The person concept and the ontology of persons
Achieving personhood: the perspective of hermeneutic phenomenology
Historical Perspectives
Historical psychology of persons: categories and practice
Persons and historical ontology
Critical personalism: on its tenets, its historical obscurity, and its future prospects
Social-Developmental Perspectives
Conceiving of self and others as persons: evolution and development
Position exchange theory and personhood: moving between positions and perspectives within physical, sociocultural and psychological space and time
The emergent ontology of persons
Theorising personhood for the world in transition and change: reflections from a transformative activist stance on human development
Narrative Perspectives
Identity and narrative as root metaphors of personhood
Storied persons: the double triad of narrative identity
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