AHPb Magazine for Self & Society,
No. 11, Part 2, 2023-4


This is part II of the final issue of Self & Society – which has been divided into three parts because of the sheer volume of material that we received for the final issue of the journal, as it comes to the end of its auspicious 51-year history. Pride of place is taken in part II by a special symposium on the late, great Ivan Illich – surely one of the greatest critical humanistic thinkers of the last century. We also have a host of other great articles from old friends of the journal, together with a long interview, several review essays, and some choice selections of personal favourites from the S&S archive. Special thanks are due as always to Adrian Barker, for his excellent design work, and for his patience with the editor!

Part III, to appear later this month, will also contain a rich and varied content, together with my final editorial. Thank you for your patience in waiting for the publication of our ‘swansong’ (to quote Gaie Houston); I hope the wait will prove to have been worth it.

Richard House, Editor
February 2024

Celebrating Ivan Illich (1926–2002):
A Self & Society Symposium

Photo of Illich

Interview: Ivan Illich: Paradigmatic Critical Thinker for a New World

World-leading authority on Ivan Illich, David Cayley, is interviewed by Richard House.
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Questions about the Current Pandemic from the Point of View of Ivan Illich – David Cayley

The following long essay by world-renowned Illich scholar David Cayley was written in April 2020, and David has given his kind permission to re-publish it here in this theme symposium for Ivan Illich.
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Deschooling Ourselves: Experiments with Learning and Liberation – Miki Kashtan

I had the amazing good fortune to see Ivan Illich in person not too long before he died.
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Retro Review Essay: Ivan Illich’s Deschooling Society – Anna Dusseau

One of the noisiest places, surely, at 6 p.m. on a Wednesday night must be Year 10 Parents’ Evening. Or any Parents’ Evening, come to think of it.
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Echoes of Illich in Sustainability Education – Simon Boxley

Some 20 years ago as I write, I met a vicar at a party. When he asked me what I did, and I responded – the university education of pre-service teachers – he said, ‘Ah, Ivan Illich!’.
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Book Review from the archive: Medical Nemesis – Vivian Milroy

Editor’s note: I was thrilled to find this review in the S&S archive, penned by our legendary founding-editor, Vivian Milroy. Written nearly half a century ago, some might say that the final sentence of his review, below, is hugely poignant and prescient when read nearly 50 years later, in 2024.
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Review Essay: Three books on Ivan Illich – Richard House

The subject of this extended review essay is the great, highly influential Catholic priest, historian, teacher, social critic – and self-styled ‘pamphleteer’ – Ivan Illich.
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Three Addresses Given as ‘Prayer for the Day’ – Brian Thorne

Brian Thorne writes (November 2023): Going through my archives, I found a manuscript of three broadcasts I gave to BBC
Radio 4 over 30 years ago. As far as I know, it has not previously been published.
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Swansong – Gaie Houston

This is a partly nostalgic piece of writing, coming into existence in the very shadow of the death of Self & Society.
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Reflections from Julian Nangle

As I approach my 76th birthday in a couple of weeks’ time as I write, people seem to be asking me what the most halcyon days of my life were.
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In Memoriam of Self & Society – A Humanistic Light Goes out in the UK as Darkness Fast Approaches? – Paul & Sinziana Barber

Self & Society, an established 50-plus year-old influencer that raised our spirits while drip-feeding aspects of super-health and value into society, is now dead.
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Wattsean Aesthetics and the Wisdom of Ontological Insecurity – Elektra Mercutio

Alan Wilson Watts (1915–73) is arguably most known for prolific philosophical exegeses on the nature of the human condition and the relation of life to the metaphysical realm of the universe.
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What Does It Mean To Be Nothing? – Pathik Strand

This summer I attended a study retreat which had as its theme the question, ‘What does it mean to be nothing?’.
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Against Integration – Manu Bazzano

To become individualised, finding an ‘internal locus of evaluation’, is the first step in human exploration. The second is to become an individual, to embrace our multiplicity.
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Creative Maladjustment, Progressive Politics and Humanistic Psychology: A Personalized Follow-up Essay on Self-care – Elliot Benjamin

In October 2023, I put the finishing updated touches to my ‘Creative maladjustment, progressive politics, and Humanistic
Psychology’ article that was published in the Lived Experiences edition of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology (JHP).
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Browsing the Internet – Martin Cohen

I came across an old black-and-white image recently that I found both surreal and striking. It shows four men in suits and tweedy hats quietly browsing the bookshelves of a bombed-out library, a scene taken sometime during the Second World War.
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Paul’s Political Column – Paul Atkinson

Most days, since the 7th October, I have spent far too many hours on social media – not just hunting down the latest round of shocking news from Israel and Gaza, but desperately looking to improve my limited understanding of the history of Zionism, Palestinian resistance and the global politics of the region.
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Working with Young Children with a Humanistic Ethos – as if Holistic Development Mattered

Judy Barber is interviewed by Richard House.
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Review Essays

Living into the (Different) World of Early Childhood – Richard Brinton

During the Covid-related lockdowns of recent years, when walking by empty playgrounds, gates locked, signs barring entry, I often wondered who was speaking up for children’s needs.
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‘Audit Culture’ and Struggling for the Soul of the Teacher – Richard House

The title of this review essay is taken from a 1999 conference paper delivered by one of my own particular heroes, and the editor of one of the books under review here, Stephen Ball (Ball, 1999).
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From the Archive

Self & Society Archive Choices

For this final issue of Self & Society, those involved in the journal and the AHPb were asked to nominate a favourite article from the archive to reproduce in this issue. We hope you enjoy these five excellent representatives of the quality of writing that this journal has showcased over the years.
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‘Interview: Psychologists on the Case of Social Networking’ by Aaron Balick, with Richard House

This article, from the the Self & Society archive Vol. 48 No. 1, 2020, pp. 41–51, was chosen by Tim Broughton.
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‘Review Essay: Beneath the Sky’, by Faysal Mikdadi

This article, from the AHPb Magazine for Self & Society, 3, 2020, was chosen by Anne Goodhew.
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‘On the Psychoanalytic Listening Process’, by David L. Smith

This article, from the Self & Society archive, Vol. 12 No. 4, 1984, pp. 213–16, was chosen by Richard House.
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‘Whither the Human Potential Movement?’, by Juliana Brown and Richard Mowbray

This article, from the Self & Society archive, Vol. 18 No. 4, 1990, pp. 32–5, was chosen by Richard House.
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‘On Music and Spirit’, by John McLaughlin

This article, from the Self & Society archive, Vol. 49 No. 2, 2021, pp. 6–8, was chosen by Lucy Scurfield.
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