Textuality and Tectonics
Troubling Social and Psychological Science
In the marketplace of ideas, Social Science, plc, is in deep trouble! Exposed for decades to a "climate of problematization", its foundational structures and technological practices - indeed the very project of a science of the social - have been eroded by critical, post-structural, social constructionist and post-modern analyses. "Textuality and Tectonics" seeks neither to gloat upon this threatened bankruptcy, nor to peddle false hopes of a "quick fix" restructuring under new management. Instead it concentrates upon and argues out the new prospects, alternative projects and liberated commitments opened up by the "climate of problematization" itself. It takes on this task seriously but far from sombrely, celebrating the chance "to boldly go" on a diversity of new enterprises, in a narrative rich in lively asides and opportunities for reflection. The result is a concerned "critical polytextualism" which stresses the possibilities for new forms of transdisciplinary analytic craft and illustrates their use in practice.
"Textuality and Tectonics" is designed to serve as a key text for students and scholars looking for new conceptual directions and alternative craft-skills for empirical enquiry at a time when social science is "going critical". It should be valuable not just for those working in its conventional disciplines (including anthropology, psychology and sociology) but also to those in newer fields such as cultural and communication studies.
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"Textuality and Tectonics is a bold and honest attempt to chart the difficult territory of open-eyed social concern. It is not just another post-structuralist account of psychology and represents an approach that differs very significantly from most of the contemporary critical literature in psychology...Relativism is summarily dismissed in much critical literature as well as in much orthodox literature in psychology. Curt, by contrast, tackles the challenge of relativism head-on...psychologists with a sensitivity for theory should take the trouble to look at this book." - Theory and Psychology.