The Subjectivity of Participation

Articulating Social Work Practice with Youth in Copenhagen

  • Morten┬áNissen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Point of Departure

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Morten Nissen
      Pages 3-17
    3. Morten Nissen
      Pages 18-45
    4. Morten Nissen
      Pages 84-101
  3. A Theory of Participatory Subjectivity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Morten Nissen
      Pages 105-131
    3. Morten Nissen
      Pages 132-164
    4. Morten Nissen
      Pages 165-192
    5. Morten Nissen
      Pages 193-230
  4. Prototypical Reflections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-231
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 262-292

About this book


What is a 'we' a collective and how can we use such communal self-knowledge to help people? This book is about collectivity, participation, and subjectivity and about the social theories that may help us understand these matters. It also seeks to learn from the innovative practices and ideas of a community of social/youth workers in Copenhagen between 1987 and 2003, who developed a pedagogy through creating collectives and mobilizing young people as participants. The theoretical and practical traditions are combined in a unique methodology viewing research as a contentious modeling of prototypical practices. Through this dialogue, it develops an original trans-disciplinary critical theory and practice of collective subjectivity for which the ongoing construction and overcoming of common sense, or ideology, is central. It also points to ways of relating discourse with agency, and fertilizing insights from interactionism and ideology theories in a cultural-historical framework.


Critical Psychology participation psychology social work

Authors and affiliations

  • Morten┬áNissen
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CopenhagenDenmark

Bibliographic information