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Beyond psychologisation: the non-psychology of the Flemish novelist Louis Paul Boon

Jan De Vos (UGent)
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Is not the most intriguing aspect of psychologisation seems to be that every critique threatens to bounce back in some kind of meta-psychologisation. Although in this day and age and age it seems highly unlikely to repeat the popular anti-psychiatry movement of some decades ago and to get an anti-psychology movement on the tracks, it would leave us immediately stranded in some kind of essentialization of the human being and its life-world. Are we thus lost in psychologisation? Is there no outside of psychology and psychologisation? In the following I will focus on the novel De Paradijsvogel (The Bird of Paradise) of the leftist Flemish novelist Louis Paul Boon. I will briefly juxtapose it with Christopher Lasch‘s seminal critique in his book The Culture of Narcissism and search for the germs of a non-psychology: which is, a critique on psychologisation which transcends the pitfalls of metapsychologisation and reopens the path of an ideology critique, the latter seemingly having become impossible too.
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Louis Paul Boon, De Paradijsvogel, Psychologization

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De Vos, Jan. 2010. “Beyond Psychologisation: The Non-psychology of the Flemish Novelist Louis Paul Boon.” Annual Review of Critical Psychology 8: 201–215.
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De Vos, Jan. (2010). Beyond psychologisation: the non-psychology of the Flemish novelist Louis Paul Boon. ANNUAL REVIEW OF CRITICAL PSYCHOLOGY, 8, 201–215.
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De Vos J. Beyond psychologisation: the non-psychology of the Flemish novelist Louis Paul Boon. ANNUAL REVIEW OF CRITICAL PSYCHOLOGY. 2010;8:201–15.
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De Vos, Jan. “Beyond Psychologisation: The Non-psychology of the Flemish Novelist Louis Paul Boon.” ANNUAL REVIEW OF CRITICAL PSYCHOLOGY 8 (2010): 201–215. Print.
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  author       = {De Vos, Jan},
  issn         = {1464-0538},
  journal      = {ANNUAL REVIEW OF CRITICAL PSYCHOLOGY},
  keyword      = {Louis Paul Boon,De Paradijsvogel,Psychologization},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {201--215},
  title        = {Beyond psychologisation: the non-psychology of the Flemish novelist Louis Paul Boon},
  volume       = {8},
  year         = {2010},
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