Dr Derek Hook


Relevant Publications


derek hook
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Content and Approach

My principal teaching, supervision and mentoring responsibilities lie with the Social and Public Communications MSc programme offered by the Institute of Social Psychology. I have been co-convenor of the course, along with Dr Martin Bauer, since its inception in 2003. Our objective in the programme has been to develop an eclectic and strongly theory-driven approach to communications studies, and to emphasize the importance of comparative theoretical analyses.

The focus of my Social and Public Communications teaching - as with all my lecturing within the Institute of Social Psychology - has been to bridge social psychology and social theory in provocative ways, and to advance wherever possible, a broadly ‘critical’ agenda (advancing, in other words, a general analysis of power). The topics of many of the lectures I contribute to the MSc give a flavour of such an approach: The psychoanalysis of ideology; Saussure and the psychology of the sign; Foucauldian discourse theory; Vygotsky and the ontogenesis of communication; Stuart Hall, media analysis, encoding/decoding; Goffman, Butler, performativity. My Social and Public Communications teaching links to my research in a variety of ways, three of which are worth indicating here: speech-act theory as means of conceptualizing the affective dynamics of racism; factors of role-induction, interpellation and affective resonance in the communicative interchange; the limits of the Habermasian subject.

This exploring of the overlap between social psychological themes and contemporary social theory is also evident in my teaching contributions to a variety of other social psychology courses. Particularly present here is the role of postcolonial thought, often used in tandem with reference to the historical context of apartheid/post-apartheid South Africa.

Some examples of lectures: Fanon and ‘postcolonial identity’; Steve Biko and the politics of Black Consciousness; Colonial discourse and racial stereotyping; Said’s Orientalism today; Space-identity’, gated communities and heterotopia. An important aspect of my approach to teaching has been to produce accessible student texts. This has been especially the case in South Africa, where producing new teaching materials responsive to the definition of a post-apartheid psychology has proved imperative over the last ten years.

(Relevant Publications)



(Articles)

* Rienstra, B. & Hook, D. (2006). Weakening Habermas: the undoing of communicative rationality. Politikon. 33, 3, 313-340.


(Books)


· crit socialpsychologyHook, D. (Ed). (2004). Critical Psychology . University of Cape Town Press.

· Ratele, K.,Duncan, N., & Hook, D. (Eds.). (2004). Self, Community & Psychology. University of Cape Town Press.

· Hook, D., Eagle, G. (Eds). (2002). Psychopathology and Social Prejudice. University of Cape Town Press: Cape Town.

  • Hook, D. (2006) Psychoanalysis, sexual difference and the castration problematic. In T. Shefer, F. Boonzaier & P. Kiguwa (Eds), The gender of psychology. Cape Town: University of Cape Town Press, pp. 45-59.
  • Hook, D. (2006) Lacan, the meaning of the phallus and the ‘sexed’ subject. In T. Shefer, F. Boonzaier & P. Kiguwa (Eds), The gender of psychology. Cape Town: University of Cape Town Press, pp. 60-84.


  • (Book chapters)

    * Hook, D. (2006). Psychoanalysis, discursive analysis, racism. In G. Stevens, V. Franchi, T. Swart (Eds.), A race against time. Pretoria: UNISA Press, pp. 171-202.
    * Hook, D. (2006). (Post)colonial racism: Racial otherness and the colonial stereotype. In G. Stevens, V. Franchi, T. Swart & N. Duncan (Eds.), A race against time. Pretoria: UNISA Press, pp. 203-226.
    * Hook, D. (2006). Racial stereotyping, fetishism, fantasy. In K. Ratele (Ed.), Intergroup Relations South African perspectives. Cape Town: Juta Press, pp. 300-335.
    * Hook, D. (2004). Frantz Fanon, Steve Biko, ‘psychopolitics’. In D. Hook (Ed.), Critical psychology. UCT Press: Cape Town, pp. 84-114.
    * Hook, D. (2004). Fanon and the psychoanalysis of racism. In D. Hook (Ed.), Critical psychology. UCT Press: Cape Town, pp. 115-138.
    * Hook, D. (2003). Racial identity in postcolonial contexts. In K. Ratele (Ed.), Social Psychology. Landsdowne: Juta Press, 107-129.