The Challenges of New Biopsychosocialities: Hearing Voices, Trauma, Epigenetics and Mediated Perception

Blackman, Lisa. 2016. The Challenges of New Biopsychosocialities: Hearing Voices, Trauma, Epigenetics and Mediated Perception. The Sociological Review Monograph, 64(1), pp. 256-273. [Article]

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This chapter considers the promise of epigenetics in the context of what it means to hear voices and attempts to shape a biopsychosocial approach, which can account for the links between voice hearing, trauma and abuse. The chapter explores the epistemic spaces and controversies which surround the calls for a more psychosocial approach to be incorporated into the more molecular focus of epigenetics. This includes the vexed question of how to invent and work with models of psychological processes, which are processual, indeterminate and contiguous with the biological, social, technical, material and immaterial. These challenges are posed for sociologists, psychosocial researchers and molecular biologists who in different ways are often trapped by an individual/social dualism or model of interaction effects when theorising the psychological. The chapter explores evidence from the Hearing Voices Network to draw out the issues at stake for addressing biosocial matters.

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voice hearing; abuse; trauma; embodiment; epigenetics; mediation; the Hearing Voices Network

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies


1 March 2016Published

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26 Apr 2016 07:24

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27 Jun 2017 13:42

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