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Studies in the Psychosocial

Liminality and Experience

A Transdisciplinary Approach to the Psychosocial

Authors: Stenner, Paul

  • Proposes a distinctive theory of the relationship between psychology and the social sciences
  • Explores the interface between experience and social (dis)order
  • Presents breaks and ruptures in the “social” as liminal occasions in our experience
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About this book

This book breathes new life into the study of liminal experiences of transition and transformation, or ‘becoming’. It brings fresh insight into affect and emotion, dream and imagination, and fabulation and symbolism  by tracing their relation to experiences of liminality. The author proposes a distinctive theory of the relationship between psychology and the social sciences with much to share with the arts. Its premise is that psychosocial existence is not made of ‘stuff’ like building blocks, but of happenings and events in which the many elements that compose our lives are temporarily drawn together. The social is not a thing but a flow of processes, and our personal subjectivity is part of that flow, ‘selves’ being tightly interwoven with ‘others’. But there are breaks and ruptures in the flow, and during these liminal occasions our experience unravels and is rewoven. This book puts such moments at the core of the psychosocial research agenda. Of transdisciplinary scope, it will appeal beyond psychosocial studies and social psychology to all scholars interested in the interface between experience and social (dis)order. 

About the authors

Paul Stenner is Professor of Social Psychology at the Open University, UK. He is author of over 100 articles and several books including, with S.D. Brown, Psychology Without Foundations, and, with Monica Greco, The Emotions: A Social Science Reader. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and President of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology (until 2019).

Reviews

“A compelling justification of the merits of a ‘process’ version of psychosocial transdisciplinarity.” (Wendy Hollway, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Open University, UK)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: Throwing Psychosocial Studies in at the Deep End

    Stenner, Paul

    Pages 1-35

  • This Is Not … The Truth: On Fabulation

    Stenner, Paul

    Pages 37-69

  • This Is Not … Food: On Food for Thought

    Stenner, Paul

    Pages 71-109

  • This Is Not … a Pipe: On the Complexity of Experience

    Stenner, Paul

    Pages 111-150

  • This Is Not … a Shock: On the Passage Between Multiple Worlds

    Stenner, Paul

    Pages 151-196

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-27211-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-27210-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Liminality and Experience
Book Subtitle
A Transdisciplinary Approach to the Psychosocial
Authors
Series Title
Studies in the Psychosocial
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-27211-9
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-27211-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-27210-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 297
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations
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