- Social Therapeutics
- What’s New
-Kenneth Gergen, author, The Saturated Self; Playing with Purpose: Adventures in Performative Social ScienceVygotsky at Work and Playis a vivid portrayal of the Vygotskian-inspired, politically engaged approach to human development known as social therapeutics and the psychology of becoming. Holzman weaves together Vygotsky’s discoveries—about play, speaking and thinking, the zone of proximal development, creativity and imagination, and secondary disability—with qualitative case studies from organizations practicing the approach. She shows Vygotsky at work and play in psychotherapy offices, classrooms, outside-of-school programs, corporate workplaces, and virtual learning environments. This expanded edition includes new chapters dealing with social issues and policies that threaten the full flowering of human development—the medical-model approach to social/emotional life, worsening police/community relations, and increasing authoritarianism in schools, thus continuing to bring Lev Vygotsky’s work to bear on the critical question—“How can we develop in a world in crisis?"
-Tom Strong, Professor and Associate Dean of Research, Faculty of Education, University of Calgary, Canada
– Harlene Anderson, Houston Galveston InstituteThe first comprehensive treatment of social therapeutic practice,Psychological Investigations moves social therapy to the foreground as a qualitative new way of doing therapy. Featuring over 70 dialogues between Fred Newman—the creator of social therapeutic group process—and therapists-in-training, this book explores the nature of the social therapeutic group process, the social therapeutic relationship, and applications to health care, alternative medicine, education and youth development. These dialogues, together with introductory overviews by Lois Holzman and Rafael Mendez, illuminate the core philosophical and political issues underlying the revolutionary and controversial practice of social therapy. Psychological Investigations is a provocative invitation to both new and seasoned professionals seeking alternative modes of practice and understanding. (Brunner-Routledge, 2003)
– Isaac Prilleltensky,Victoria University In this volume, developmental psychologists Lois Holzman and John Morss bring together a distinguished grouping of international scholars and practitioners to reflect upon the achievements and limitations of recent attempts to bring a postmodern orientation to psychology. They provide a rigorous assessment of postmodernism in psychology and offer provocative new possibilities for social-psychological practice. Postmodern Psychologiesintroduces the general reader to the flavor as well as to the substance of psychology’s key debates in the first postmodern century. (Routledge, 2000)
– Ian Parker, Manchester Metropolitan UniversityThis collection of essays by and about the controversial American philosopher, therapist, and playwright Fred Newman is an important contribution to current dialogue on such issues as the nature of human subjectivity; the relationship of theatre to human development; the status of science in the postmodern world; the process of therapy and diagnosis; and the possibility of re-initiating creativity and growth. Arguing that both psychological activity and its study are essentially performance, Holzman’sPerforming Psychology offers a new methodology for understanding human life. (Routledge, 1999)
– Tom Strong, University of CalgaryThroughout the modern era, a period of explosive growth and technological achievement, knowledge was king and understood to be the engine of human progress. But what if knowing has become an impediment to further human development? The End of Knowing addresses the practical question of how to reconstruct our world in the wake of modernism’s colossal failure to solve social problems. Newman and Holzman propose “the end of knowing,” in favor of “performed activity” and present the positive implications of this approach for social and educational policy. (Routledge, 1997)
– Australian Journal of PsychologyThe current debate in psychology and politics over the possibility for human development has sparked a renewed interest in the work of the brilliant Soviet psychologist Lev Vygotsky. Newman and Holzman are among the few contemporary followers of Vygotsky to explore the potential of his Marxist methodology to transform psychology and education. (Routledge, 1993)
–Theory & PsychologyWestern Philosophy is dead. Yet its assumptions and presuppositions disguised as science live on in modernist psychology. Arguing that psychology is a pseudoscientific hoax, the authors deconstruct three of psychology’s most powerful myths: the myth of the individual, of mental illness, and of development. More than a critique of mainstream psychology, Newman and Holzman present a methodology for reconstructing psychology as a developmental and community-building activity.
– Anthropology and Education QuarterlyDevelopmental psychologist Lois Holzman challenges us to look at our assumptions about schooling, learning and development. She contends that our very conceptions of what it means to teach, learn and grow are obstacles to children’s learning and development. Offering a radical reading of Vygotsky, she introduces the general reader to a methodological reformulation of learning and development as relational activities and, guided by this perspective, takes the reader on an intriguing visit to three independent schools. (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1997)