Liminality and Experience

A Transdisciplinary Approach to the Psychosocial

  • Paul Stenner

Part of the Studies in the Psychosocial book series (STIP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Paul Stenner
    Pages 37-69
  3. Paul Stenner
    Pages 71-109
  4. Paul Stenner
    Pages 253-286
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 287-297

About this book


This book breathes new life into the study of liminal experiences of transition and transformation, or ‘becoming’. It brings fresh insight into affect and emotion, dream and imagination, and fabulation and symbolism  by tracing their relation to experiences of liminality. The author proposes a distinctive theory of the relationship between psychology and the social sciences with much to share with the arts. Its premise is that psychosocial existence is not made of ‘stuff’ like building blocks, but of happenings and events in which the many elements that compose our lives are temporarily drawn together. The social is not a thing but a flow of processes, and our personal subjectivity is part of that flow, ‘selves’ being tightly interwoven with ‘others’. But there are breaks and ruptures in the flow, and during these liminal occasions our experience unravels and is rewoven. This book puts such moments at the core of the psychosocial research agenda. Of transdisciplinary scope, it will appeal beyond psychosocial studies and social psychology to all scholars interested in the interface between experience and social (dis)order. 


psychosocial existence experimental psychology personal subjectivity self and other transdisciplinary approach psychosocial studies social psychology social research Autopoeisis Bio-psycho-social Fabulation Representational thinking Relational process ontology

Authors and affiliations

  • Paul Stenner
    • 1
  1. 1.School of PsychologyThe Open UniversityMilton KeynesUnited Kingdom

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