Dr Derek Hook


derek hook
© Institute of Social Psychology, 2007
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Until joining the LSE in 2003, I was a senior lecturer in Psychology in the School of Human and Community Development, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. My undergraduate teaching was largely centred on social psychology, qualitative research methodology and developmental psychology; my graduate teaching commitments included designing critical psychology courses on gender and postcolonial theory.

My PhD, a Foucault-inspired ‘analytics of power’ focussing on the clinical domain of psychodynamic psychotherapy, was completed at the same institution in 2001. During this time I was an active member of the ‘Critical Methods Collective’, an organization of critical psychologists interested in issues of power, subjectivity, knowledge and transformation in post-apartheid South Africa. In this capacity I organized a series of Qualitative Methods Conferences: ‘Histories of the Present’ in 1998, ‘Normality and Psychopathology’ in 1999 and ‘What is critical psychology?’ in 2000.

In 2002 I was a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute for the Study of Public Culture, Emory University, where I worked on a project on ‘Subjectivity and monumental space’. In addition to my current position at the LSE I am linked – in both teaching and research – to the department of Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand, where I remain an active research fellow.

(Relevant Publications)

(Phd research)

* Hook, D. (2003). Psychotherapy and ‘ethical sensibility’. International Journal of Psychotherapy, Vol. 8, No. 3, December, pp. 195-212.

* Hook, D. (2001). Therapeutic discourse, co-construction, interpellation, role-induction; psychotherapy as iatrogenic treatment modality? The International Journal of Psychotherapy, Volume 6, Number 1, 47-66.

(Post-doctoral Emory research project)

* Hook, D. (2005). Monumental space and the uncanny. Geoforum, 36, 688-704