What is critical social psychology? In what ways can social psychology be progressive or radical? How can it be involved in political critique and reconstruction? Is social psychology itself the problem? Critical social psychology offers a confusing array of diverse answers to these questions. This book cuts through the confusion by revealing the very different assumptions at work in this fast growing field. A critical approach depends on a range of often-implicit theories of society, knowledge, as well as the subject. This book will show the crucial role of these theories for directing critique at different parts of society, suggesting alternative ways of doing research, and effecting social change. It includes chapters fr
Chapter 1: The Critical Context
The Critical Context
What is critical social psychology? If this were an easy question there would be no need for a whole book to try to answer it. After all, virtually any piece of social psychology is critical of something, even if it is just another piece of research or another researcher. What is distinctive about critical social psychology is the breadth of its critical concerns. For critical social psychology, research is locked in with issues of politics, morality and social change. It starts from fundamental concerns with oppression, exploitation and human well-being. These are precisely the issues that bring many people into psychology, and particularly social psychology, in the first place; but they often seem a long way away from the everyday ...