Critical Theories of Psychological Development

  • John M. Broughton

Part of the Path in Psychology book series (PATH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Adrienne E. Harris
    Pages 31-59
  3. Valerie Walkerdine
    Pages 87-125
  4. Richard Lichtman
    Pages 127-148
  5. David Ingleby
    Pages 177-210
  6. Jessica Benjamin
    Pages 211-244
  7. Susan Buck-Morss
    Pages 245-274
  8. Rainer Döbert, Jürgen Habermas, Gertrud Nunner-Winkler
    Pages 275-301
  9. John M. Broughton
    Pages 303-306
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 307-313

About this book


Something instructive occurred in the process of entitling the present collection. Both editor and publisher sought a simple and succinct rubric for the various pieces of work. But they rapidly and reluctantly reached the consensus that, by either intellectual or marketing criteria, the inser­ tion of the adjective "psychological" to qualify the noun "development" was a communicative necessity. Much to the chagrin of the develop­ mental psychologist, the term development still connotes-to the world at large as well as the general community of publishers, librarians, and computer archivists-the modernization of nation states. Inside and outside the university, I find that, when asked, "What are you in­ terested in?" I am not at liberty to reply, "The concept of development," without being absorbed immediately into a discussion of Third World studies. The approach of the present volume should be taken as an exhortation to psychologists to take the genealogy of "development'' seriously. The history of the discipline is not so different from the histo­ ry of the word and, as we shall discover, the concern with developmen­ tal progress cannot easily be separated from the urge for dominion. This volume presents a selection from the recent critical scholarship on psychological development. The emphasis is on rethinking the field of developmental psychology at the level of theory.


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Editors and affiliations

  • John M. Broughton
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology, Teachers CollegeColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-306-42431-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4757-9886-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1574-048X
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