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

Subjectivity Critics

Subjectivity critics

Sarah and Max have been together for fourteen years and Sarah has just left Max for another man. Max is very upset and angry–he had thought their relationship was a good one. He feels abandoned, and blames Sarah for not taking her responsibility as a mother seriously enough to keep their family together–they have two children. From Sarah's perspective, she feels both sad and guilty that Max is taking it so badly, and also slightly aggrieved–she thought that they had both agreed that there were a number of irresolvable problems with their relationship.

This is a familiar story of relationship breakdown and the trauma that often accompanies it. Note how difficult it is to even begin to characterize what is going on here ...

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