Monday, August 04, 2008

PUB: Callaghan, Jane, and Rose Capdevila, eds. ASYLUM AND MIGRATION. ANNUAL REVIEW OF CRITICAL PSYCHOLOGY 6 (2008).

This issue of the Annual Review of Critical Psychology is devoted to critical work around globalisation and two of its emergent progeny: migration and asylum. The papers in this issue engage with the questions that arise around how we might theorise, understand and engage with the varying instantiations and positionings of these phenomena critically. The point of departure for us as editors is that traditionally dominant psychological approaches offer little to an understanding of the transgressive movements that are associated with transnational communication, migratory lifestyles and hybrid identities. Rather, we would argue, the modernist project of psychology, characterised as it is by categorisation (the processes of differentiation and distinction along with the symbolic construction of boundaries) serves to reinforce hegemonic ideologies of nation state, the tenaciousness of ethnic identity, and reified constructions of culture. These mainstream approaches can be seen to obscure the very ways in which national identities are challenged by the shifts that emerge as a consequence of a range of boundary transgressions. By drawing on a range of theoretical and methodological resources, these articles address these transgressions and problematise the incommensurabilities that are (re)produced when Psychology brings its knowledges to bear on issues of globalisation, migration and asylum. . . . Access the whole issue here:

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