Deterritorialising the Psychological Subject (For a 'People to Come')

Duff, C and Price Robertson, R 2018, 'Deterritorialising the Psychological Subject (For a 'People to Come')', Annual Review of Critical Psychology, no. 14, pp. 93-110.


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Title Deterritorialising the Psychological Subject (For a 'People to Come')
Author(s) Duff, C
Price Robertson, R
Year 2018
Journal name Annual Review of Critical Psychology
Issue number 14
Start page 93
End page 110
Total pages 18
Publisher Manchester Metropolitan University * Discourse Unit
Abstract This paper builds on recent interest among critical psychologists in Gilles Deleuze's thought to elaborate the ground of an emergent subject. We also consider the implications of this subject for novel modes of psychological practice. Our analysis proceeds from the claim that mainstream psychology's endorsement of a humanist, pre- discursive subject is inadequate to the problem of explaining how subjectivity emerges and takes form. Deleuze's conceptualisation of time and individuation suggests a way of overcoming this problem by accounting for the subject's emergence within an immanent field of preindividual forces. This analysis also suggests ways of reconceiving subjectivity along less individualised, humanistic lines, drawing together social and biological factors in the work of explaining the subject's emergence. In pursuing this analysis, we outline some of the possibilities and potential problems an emergentist subject may offer critical psychology. Ultimately, we advocate not for a completely Deleuzian psychology, but rather for greater engagement between the Deleuzian perspective outlined in our analysis and ongoing studies of the subject and subjectivity across the psychological sciences.
Subject Organisation and Management Theory
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