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Dubbla verkligheter: Om psykoterapi, social identitet och verklighetsuppfattning
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
1981 (Swedish)Book (Other (popular scientific, debate etc.))
Abstract [en]

"Double realities. On psychotherapy, social identity and conceptions of reality". Psychotherapeutic theories, socialpsychology, everyday ideologies, philosophical questioning are used to pinpoint constantly recurring antinomies, paradoxes and dilemmas of social and behavioral science/knowledge.As a whole this book is an attempt to give a broad view of contradictions and paaradoxes within current theories and various disciplines as well as between theories and discipline all purporting to "explain" the same phenomena. It raises the question how and if this "fragmentation" and "chaos of contradictions" can be handled and what considering this situation can be reasonable claims to knowledge within the social-and behavioral sciences. Through the whole text there is a "tacking" between theoretical or philosophical analysis and very concrete examples of everyday thinking, existential dilemmas and sufferings. One part of the book is used to show the dilemmas and partly absurd consequences of arguments inspired by marxism and sociology generally, that mental illnes or psychological difficulties should not be treated since it all depended on society. The same part of the book also tries to demonstrate the contradictory character of the way certain basic values are handled in everyday life and in social science. This way of showing how strongly affirmed and generally endorsed views are contradicted by other views not less affirmed or endorsed by the same persons ("us) is typical of the discussion of the book even when the focus is for example social theory. There are however also certain more "constructive" sections like one about Meadian theory or one on "meaning in social science", the latter strongly inspired by Wittgenstein. The last section of the book brings in views from "other" thoughttraditions. It tries to show that for example many so- called "estern traditions" often disavowed (without much knowledge of them) by social scientist as "just religious beliefsystems" very early in history have pinpointed and shown a clear understanding of many of the dilemmas, contradictions and paradoxes that seen as contemporary beset both ideologies, philosophies and the social and behavioral sciences of today. It is hinted that these traditions even may have means to resolve these difficulties. This book draws the first lines of what will become the focus of discussion and analysis in most of following books by the author.

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Prisma Stockholm , 1981.
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-25822ISBN: 91-518-1430-7OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-25822DiVA: diva2:53596
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