It addresses the tensions that exist between two opposing approaches to psychology, the experimental/empirical and the cultural/humanistic approach.
More than an academic critique, Performing Psychology offers a new methodology for understanding human life. Arguing that both psychological activity and its study are essentially performance, Neuman and his colleagues expose the myths of mainstream psychology and the limitations of its postmodern challengers.
Forward Kenneth Gergen Introduction Lois Holzman Life Upon the Wicked Stage Fred Newman Life as Performance (Can you Practice Psychology if there's nothing that's "really" going on?) Lois Holzman Diagnosis: The Human Cost of the Rage to Order Fred Newman and Kenneth Gergen Beyond Narrative to Performed Conversation ("In the Beginning" Comes Much Later) Fred Newman and Lois Holzman A Therapeutic Deconstruction of the Illusion of Self Fred Newman Science Can Do Better Than Sokal: A Commentary on the So-called Science Wars Fred Newman The Story of Truth (A Whodunit) or Philosophie Dans La Teatre Fred Newman Twenty-two Weeks of Pointless Conversation Dan Friedman What Is To Be Dead? (Phiosophical Scenes) Fred Newman