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
Most people are familiar with Karl Marx's claim that philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it. There is a wonderful irony here, given the endless debate among Marxist theorists and philosophers about how we should interpret the world. And after all Marx (1818–83) was himself a German philosopher whose influence on the philosophical development of the social sciences has been colossal.
But Marx was also a revolutionary–he was a man with a vision. He saw the possibility that working people might control their own destiny, and his mission was to make it happen through communism. He saw more clearly than anyone of his time that there were features of people's social context and economic status ...