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More Examples, Less Theory : Historical Studies of Writing Psychology

Billig, Michael (Loughborough University)
Format: Paperback
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
Published: October 3, 2019
ISBN: 9781108736022
292 pages, Worked examples or Exercises
Country of publication: United Kingdom

£22.99

In his new book, Michael Billig uses psychology’s past to argue that nowadays, when we write about the mind, we should use more examples and less theory. He provides a series of historical studies, analysing how key psychological writers used examples. Billig offers new insights about famous analysts of the mind, such as Locke, James, Freud, Tajfel and Lewin. He also champions unfairly forgotten figures, like the earl of Shaftesbury and the eccentric Abraham Tucker. There is a cautionary chapter on Lacan, warning what can happen when examples are ignored. Marie Jahoda is praised as the ultimate example: a psychologist from the twentieth century with a social and rhetorical imagination fit for the twenty-first. More Examples, Less Theory is an easy-to-read book that will inform and entertain academics and their students. It will particularly appeal to those who enjoy the details of examples rather than the simplifications of big theory.

Michael is also the author of Five Leaves’ Rock’n’Roll Jews, published some years ago but still available

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