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Relational Being: Beyond Self and Community

Kenneth J. Gergen


This book builds on two current developments in psychology scholarship and practice. The first centers on broad discontent with the individualist tradition in which the rational agent, or autonomous self, is considered the fundamental atom of social life. Critique of individualism springs not only from psychologists working in the academy, but also from communities of therapy and counseling. The second is the search for alternatives to individualist understanding. This book gives voice to the critique of individualism, but its major thrust is to develop and illustrate a far more radical and po ... More

Keywords: autonomous self, individualism, psychology, relational process, family therapy, collaborative classroom, organizational psychology, rational agent, mind

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199846269
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199846269.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kenneth J. Gergen, author
Swarthmore College, Gil and Frank Mustin Professor of Psychology, US

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