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This Introduction describes our understanding of Psychosocial Studies as a field of transdisciplinary work. It presents the rationale for the Handbook, describes the editorial process and the structure of the Handbook, and offers an outline of its emerging themes.

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Frosh, S., Vyrgioti, M., Walsh, J. (2022). “Handbook of Psychosocial Studies Introduction”. In: Frosh, S., Vyrgioti, M., Walsh, J. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Psychosocial Studies. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

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