Changing the Subject
Psychology, Social Regulation and Subjectivity, 2nd Edition
Foreword by Wendy Hollway, Couze Venn, Valerie Walkerdine
Routledge – 1998 – 372 pages
Changing the Subject is a classic critique of traditional psychology in which the foundations of critical and feminist psychology are laid down. Pioneering and foundational, it is still the groundbreaking text crucial to furthering the new psychology in both teaching and research. Now reissued with a new foreword describing the changes which have taken place over the last few years, Changing the Subject will continue to have a significant impact on thinking about psychology and social theory.
This is a most impressive and original work: it would not be far-fetched to see it as a kind of landmark in British psychology. - David Ingleby, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
It is an ambitious, far-reaching enquiry. - Stuart Hall The Open University, Milton Keynes
To take on psychology and its critics is a big order. No one person could do it as effectively alone. I am impressed by the hard work of this dedicated group. - Contemporary Psychology
Introduction: The point of departure Introduction to Section 1: From the individual to the social - a bridge too far. W. Holloway, Fitting work: psychological assessment n organizations. J. Henriques, Social psychology and the politics of racism. Introduction to Section 2: Constructing the subject. C. Venn, The subject of psychology. V. Walkerdine, Developmental psychology and the child-centred pedagogy: the insertion of Piaget into early education. Introduction to Section 3: Theorizing subjectivity. W. Holloway, Gender difference and the production of subjectivity. C. Urwin, Power relations and the emergence of language.