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posted on 03.12.2012, 13:01 by John Cromby, David J. Harper
Both psychology and psychiatry are dominated by individualistic accounts of paranoia (and, indeed, other forms of distress). As a corrective to these, this paper provides a social account of paranoia grounded in a minimal notion of embodied subjectivity constituted from the interpenetration of feelings, perception and discourse. Paranoia is conceptualized as a mode or tendency within embodied subjectivity, co-constituted in the dialectical associations between subjectivity and relational, social and material influences. Relevant psychiatric and psychological literature is briefly reviewed; relational, social structural and material influences upon paranoia are described; and some implications of this account for research and intervention are highlighted.

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Citation

CROMBY, J. and HARPER, D.J., 2009. Paranoia: a social account. Theory & Psychology, 19 (3), pp. 335-361.

Publisher

© Sage

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SMUR (Submitted Manuscript Under Review)

Publication date

2009

Notes

This article was submitted for publication in the journal, Theory & Psychology and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0959354309104158

ISSN

0959-3543

Language

en