PSYO 3280 Lecture Notes - Lecture 27: Pedophilia, Fellatio, Henri Tajfel
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Wednesday, Nov. 14 2012
The Challenge of Social Change
Sampson, Views of Self
→Premodern: Person de'ned by social context, roles (religious community,
spouses, soldiers, etc.)
-Instead of talking about a person by name, we would talk about them
by their role and position in society and that would de'ne who they
→Modern: 15th to 16th century. Liberal, self-contained individual. Identity
separate from and prior to membership in social group. Possessive
-Allowed people to break out of the role de'ning sense of self. Free to
de'ne yourself in ways that you thought belonged to you and could
assign yourself to certain groups.
Psychology emerged in the modern period.
→Postmodern: Post-industrial, information-based, globally linked. (Harr
Gergen, Tajfel, Luria)
-This idea of self is not correct. We need to modify our sense of self and
who we think we are, and according to Sampson, psychology needs to
modify itself as well.
→“Psychology has not seen its role to be that of discovering what theory of the
person it currently espouses, how that theory conforms to a particular kind of
social and historical order, how changes in that social and historical order will
require a new theory of the person, and especially how a central role for
psychology is to take the lead in generating this new theory.” (p. 920)
Leonardo da Vinci and a Memory of his Childhood, Freud
I. Biographical information, biographical study
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