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

Social Cognition Critics

Social cognition critics

In the United Kingdom in early 2001 there were ongoing debates about how sympathetic ‘we’ should be to refugees seeking asylum. The News of the World–a tabloid Sunday newspaper with a reputation for sexual prurience and reactionary politics–ran a campaign for tighter control over asylum seekers. To give you a flavour of this, one story reports ‘social tension where a community feels they are having to support a very large number of asylum-seekers, most of whom aren't real refugees’. A poll of its readers showed that 75 per cent ‘voted’ against continuing to take in asylum seekers. So a national newspaper with a wide readership was conducting a campaign widely criticized from left wing and liberal groups as racist and ...

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