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Narrative Psychology Identity, Transformation and Ethics by Julia Vassilieva

Narrative Psychology Identity, Transformation and Ethics


Narrative Psychology Identity, Transformation and Ethics by Julia Vassilieva

This book provides the first comparative analysis of the three major streams of contemporary narrative psychology as they have been developed in North America, Europe, and Australia and New Zealand. Interrogating the historical and cultural conditions in which this important movement in psychology has emerged, the book presents clear, well-structured comparisons and critique of the key theories of narrative psychology pioneered across the globe. Examples include Dan McAdams in the US and his followers, who have developed a distinctive approach to self and identity as a life story over the past two decades; in the Netherlands by Hubert Hermans, whose research on the `dialogical self' has made the University of Nijmegen a centre of narrative psychological research in Europe; and in Australia and New Zealand, where the collaborative efforts of Michael White and David Epston helped to launch the narrative movement in psychotherapy in the late 1980s.


Narrative Psychology: Identity, Transformation, and Ethics is a good read for those well versed in narrative psychology. ... I suggest the book for ... those familiar with narrative psychology and with the philosophy of science upon which it rests. ... the book facilitates deep thinking about the very nature of the self and the narrative science that focuses on it. (Ed de St. Aubin, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 62 (9), February, 2017)

Vassilieva weaves these various theories together smoothly, providing a thorough assessment of the ramifications of each approach. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals. (D. J. Winchester, Choice, Vol. 54 (4), December, 2016)

About the Author

Dr Julia Vassilieva is a lecturer in the Arts Department at Monash University, Australia. She has published widely in the fields of psychology and interdisciplinary cultural theory.

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Publication date

28th April 2016


Julia Vassilieva

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Palgrave Macmillan


200 pages


Psychological methodology
The self, ego, identity, personality
The self, ego, identity, personality
Ethics & moral philosophy



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