Narrative Identities

Psychologists Engaged in Self-Construction

by George Yancy, Susan Hadley

In this thoughtful collection, thirteen eminent psychologists from diverse schools of thought - including social constructionism, narrative psychology, feminism, phenomenology and psychoanalysis - examine their professional identities in the context of their personal biographies.

The contributors address challenging questions about identity in relation to personality development, language and socialisation. They demonstrate how their cultural and historical contexts influenced their theoretical approaches to the nature of `self' and how these ideas in turn shaped how they perceive their personal histories.

This unique insight into the lives of highly influential psychologists is a valuable reference and compelling reading for psychologists reflecting on their professional practice, and for anyone investigating issues of selfhood and identity from a psychological or philosophical perspective.

  • Jessica Kingsley Publishers; April 2005
  • ISBN: 9781846421396
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  • Title: Narrative Identities
  • Author: George Yancy; Susan Hadley
  • Imprint: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

In The Press

`There is much to be inspired by, to reflect upon, to learn from, and to understand from a thorough reading of this book.'

About The Author

George Yancy has held distinguished fellowships at Duquesne University, Pennsylvania, and New York University. His recent books include What White Looks Like: African-American Philosophers on the Whiteness Question and The Philosophical I: Personal Reflections on Life in Philosophy. His philosophical interests include narrative conceptions of the self, race and racism, and African-American thought. Susan Hadley is an associate professor in music therapy at Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania. She edited Psychodynamic Music Therapy: Case Studies and Feminist Voices in Music Therapy. Susan's other interests include narrative therapy, feminism, and psychodynamic music therapy.