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 4: Psychoanalytic Critics
In summer 2000 a child in the English country of West Sussex was abducted and killed. One newspaper, the News of the World, launched a campaign that involved publishing pictures and details of dozens of convicted sex offenders. This sparked off a flurry of public debate and a number of crowd protests against paedophiles, particularly on the Paulsgrove estate in Portsmouth, where, for seven evenings running, crowds marched upon a number of houses of alleged paedophiles.
These crowds were mostly concerned and angry parents, who often brought their children with them. But why do paedophiles evoke such strong reactions for many people? In comparison with the vast number of children who will be murdered or abused in other ways by family and friends, ...