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Introduction Psychosocial studies takes many forms, but in this article it is presented as an emerging intellectual practice that works in a transdisciplinary way across psychology, sociology and several related disciplines (anthropology, feminism, postcolonial studies, queer studies and so on). It is derived particularly from European (especially British) traditions of critical social psychology and sociology, critical theory and political and social psychoanalysis. Its primary concern is with the ways in which psychic and social processes demand to be

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Introduction While much of my work has been concerned with research practices within psychosocial studies (for example, Saville Young, 2013 ; Saville Young and Frosh, 2018 ), as a clinical psychologist who both practices and teaches in professional psychology, I am naturally concerned with the theorisation and application of psychological interventions from a psychosocial perspective. A brief review of work that has theorised interventions psychosocially suggests that a psychosocial perspective that is interested in subjectivities from both a psychological

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at a symbolic level, we wanted to explore the emotional and affective investments that underpinned those responses. The psychosocial study of political leaders and followers, and of WPLs in particular, remains under-researched, 2 and the ways in which women in positions of political authority make us feel is an area of study that has yet to be developed. The pressing significance of such research is linked to the under-representation of women in parliamentary democracies across the world, where an understanding of the prejudices and biases in relation to women

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Theory, Reflexivity and Practice

For many service users and professionals in the field of social work, shame is an ongoing part of their daily experience.

Providing an in-depth examination of the complex phenomena of shame and humiliation, this book sets out key contextual issues and theoretical approaches to comprehend shame and its relevance within social work. It provides a broad understanding of shame, its underlying social and political contexts and its effects on service users and professionals.

The book uses innovative international scholarship and includes theoretical considerations, as well as empirical findings within the field of social work. It shows the importance of sensitive, reflective and relationship-oriented practice based on a better understanding of the complexity of shame.

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Contemporary narratives on sociological thought and practice

What is sociology? Why is it important? Sociologists’ Tales is the first book to offer a unique window into the thoughts and experiences of key UK sociologists from different generations, many internationally recognised, asking what sociology means to them. It reveals the changing context of sociology and how this has shaped their practice. Providing a valuable insight into why sociology is so fascinating, it gives advice to those wanting to study or develop a career in sociology reflecting on why the contributors chose their career, how they have managed to do it and what advice they would offer the next generation. This unique volume provides an understanding of sociology and its importance, and will have wide appeal among students, young sociologists thinking about their future and professional sociologists alike.

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This original edited collection explores the value of public engagement in a wider social science context. Its main themes range from the dialogic character of social science to the pragmatic responses to the managerial policies underpinning the restructuring of Higher Education. The book is organised in three parts: the first encourages the reader to reflect upon the different social and political inflections of public engagement and offers one university example of a social science café in Bristol. The following sections are based upon talks given in the café and are linked by a concern with public engagement and the contribution of social science to a reflexive understanding of the dilemmas and practices of daily life. This highly topical book will be of interest to academics, practitioners and students interested in critical social issues as they impact on their everyday lives.

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Challenging the constructions of ‘growing old’
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Transitions and the life course: Challenging the constructions of ‘growing old’ explores and challenges dominant interpretations of transitions as they relate to ageing and the life course. It takes a unique perspective that draws together ideas about late life as expressed in social policy and socio-cultural constructs of age with lived experience. The book is aimed at academics and students interested in social gerontology, policy studies in health and social care, and older people’s accounts of experience.

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The Case of Social Policy, Sociology and Political Science Research
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Impact has become a central part of the assessment criteria for academic worth. It has been adopted by many research funding bodies, and it is firmly embedded in the British Research Excellence Framework. However, a clear definition of impact remains elusive and guidance on how exactly to achieve it is often superficial.

This concise, informative book analyses impact across the social sciences. It draws on the analysis of the most highly ranked British impact case studies from the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, as well as fifteen interviews with senior academics, providing a longitudinal and critical framing of impact. The author concludes with valuable recommendations of how and when scholars can achieve impact.

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