William E. Smythe, PhD, is currently Associate Professor and Head of the Psychology Department at the University of Regina, where he has taught since 1995. Formerly a member of the Centre for Advanced Study in Theoretical Psychology at the University of Alberta and currently active in the International Society for Theoretical Psychology, Dr. Smythe has published extensively in the areas of theoretical psychology and human cognition.
2004 0-7734-6351-8 Although there are many published treatments of the mind in public spaces, none of these reflexively focus on how the self, mind and psyche publicly unfold. The notion of mind in public spaces is a very topical issue, but there are currently no available books that consider in depth the theoretical basis on which public claims of mind are being made.
This pioneering volume is a collection of papers all of which consider how the mind publicly produces and enfolds itself into being. Refusing to characterize the mind in terms of its dissimilarity with society, yet not accepting the strictly critical project of deconstructing the individual/society split, the authors in this volume are mutually inspired by the awareness that mind, psyche, and self are the interpretations in a dialogue that publicly unfolds.
This book will be of interest to scholars and researcher who decentralize the self into a multiplicity of voices as a way of accounting for mind’s inherently cultural and historical fabric. This book could be used as a primary text in graduate courses in Cultural Studies, Psychology of Personality, History of Psychology, Philosophy of Mind, and Philosophy of Psychology. It would be appropriate for any course that deals with subjectivities and in-depth treatment of the psychosocial. It would also be useful as a supplementary text in advanced undergraduate courses on personality and social psychology to introduce alternatives to the notion of a private self.