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 5: Feminist Critics
What is feminism for in the twenty-first century? ‘Surely we don't need it any more?’ is a common grumble heard in pubs and newspapers. Sexual equality has been achieved. There's too much, if anything! There has been a woman Prime Minister, after all. And feminists are just stirring things up because they have trouble with men …
The Promise Keepers would certainly agree with this. They are a religious right wing organization, founded in 1990, which calls for ‘active male Christian leadership to set things right’ (Daly, 1998: 80). The basic message is that reclaiming one's manhood is a necessary and enlightening thing for the North American male. Full instructions are given:
Sit down with your wife and say something like this, ‘Honey, I've ...