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 8: Postmodern Critics
Here's an interesting story, taken from the film Memento, directed by Christopher Nolan. Leonard is an insurance investigator, whose memory has been impaired following a head injury he sustained after intervening in (what seemed like) a fatal attack on his wife. Leonard wants revenge for his wife's murder but his head injury appears to leave him unable to remember anything for more than a few minutes. He makes sense of his life by taking pictures of things with a Polaroid camera and scribbling notes on the pictures–these things stand in for his ‘memories’. When he thinks he has discovered a ‘fact’ he has it tattooed on his body. Indeed, the main fact that gives his whole life direction and meaning is tattooed ...