Feeling Bodies: Embodying Psychology (Hardback)John Cromby (author)
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Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Number of pages: 221
Weight: 3943 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 14 mm
Edition: 1st ed. 2015
'This book is not just timely, it's long-overdue. It weaves together a sophisticated, engaging argument that draws on philosophy, neuroscience and an array of psychology sub-fields to firmly locate feelings at the heart of an embodied psychology. It provides a majestic and broad account of the affective realm (including emotions, moods, affects and feeling) and its relevance to psychology, interrogating why this realm has been treated as relatively unproblematic (and under-explored) despite the 'affective turn' that has taken place elsewhere in the social sciences and humanities.
Cromby's writing sweeps the reader up and takes them through wide-ranging and convincing arguments that feelings are central to all of the diverse fields within psychology. Here feelings are simultaneously social and individual, related to ideologies as well as socialised experiences. He grounds his argument by considering the ways in which we might investigate and interrogate such an approach, using worked examples in health and clinical psychology (across 3 chapters). This demonstrates its value in enabling thorough re-conceptualizations of key psychological phenomena, from the biological to the social, which incorporate experience, the materiality of the body as well as material environments and circumstances. This inspiring account marks feelings out as a way to re-envision many key psychological concepts, including fundamental notions of personhood, embodiment, and embodied subjectivity. This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to move beyond dominant conceptualisations of the person as separated into individual/social, nature/culture, and body/mind dichotomies.' Antonia Lyons, Professor of Psychology, Massey University, New Zealand
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