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Foucault, psychology, and the analytics of power

Hook, Derek (2007) Foucault, psychology, and the analytics of power. Critical theory and practice in psychology and the human sciences. Palgrave Macmillan, New York. ISBN 0230008194

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Despite that many of the later writings of Michel Foucault speak directly to the subject of psychology, the discipline has yet to absorb the full impact of his critical analyses. Foucault's importance in this respect is at least twofold: he develops a powerful critique of the uses of psychological knowledge and practice in modern disciplinary society, and he offers a trenchant series of methodological injunctions, an 'analytics of power', that makes a reformulation of 'the psychological' possible. Aware of this double priority - of the critical and methodological import of these ideas - Foucauldian Analytics and Psychology introduces and applies Foucault's most important concepts and procedures, and does so specifically for a psychology readership. Drawing on the recently published Collège de France lectures Abnormal (2003) and Psychiatric Power (2006), Foucauldian Analytics and Psychology is as useful to those concerned with Foucault's engagement with the 'psy-disciplines' as it is to those interested in the practical application of Foucault's critical research methods.

Item Type: Book
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Additional Information: © 2007 Macmillan Publishers Limited
Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2008 10:49
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 21:44

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