Psy-Complex in Question

Critical Review in Psychology, Psychoanalysis and Social Theory

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Pub Date 26 Jan 2018 | Archive Date 30 Jan 2018

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Psy-Complex in Question traces a series of key debates in and against the psy-complex through critical reviews of key texts over the last twenty-five years, with an emphasis on recent psychological, psychoanalytic and critical social theory contributions to how we think about human agency and subjectivity. The book also provides an accessible introduction to how psychoanalysis and social theory, with a particular focus on the work of Jacques Lacan and Slavoj Žižek, bears upon work carried out by a new generation of researchers. Ian Parker's book is written from the perspective of a critical insider to the discipline of psychology, psychoanalysis and social theory, and serves as a primer for those new to the ideas, as well as examples of how to write and how not to write a book review.

Psy-Complex in Question traces a series of key debates in and against the psy-complex through critical reviews of key texts over the last twenty-five years, with an emphasis on recent psychological...


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In each chapter, Parker offers us a model of the kind of critical engagement that turns a review into a dialogical contribution to debate. The book presents Parker’s characteristic take on the psy-complex, developed across time through disciplinary crossings and collegial exchange across a wide international range of contexts. It is a wonderful book to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Discourse Unit and Ian Parker’s unique voice and sustained contribution to rethinking the intellectual psy-terrain.
Professor Jill Bradbury, University of the Witwatersrand

In each chapter, Parker offers us a model of the kind of critical engagement that turns a review into a dialogical contribution to debate. The book presents Parker’s characteristic take on the...


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Not for the lay-psychologist, but this is a terrific collection of essays.

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In Psy-Complex in Question, Ian Parker's critical perspective takes a radical departure from psychoanalysis, by drawing on interdisciplinary material from social and political theory.

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