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

Integration and Subversions

Integration and subversions

One of the primary aims of this book has been to clarify the terms with which criticism and argumentation get done in critical social psychology. This brings us back to where we started in Chapter 1, where we examined the different theories of knowledge, society and subjectivity that critical social psychologists can adopt. We will review these critical assumptions in the first section of this chapter. This involves developing themes relating to society, knowledge and the subject as they have occurred throughout the book. The second section will spotlight critical practice, drawing on themes developed right through the book and particularly in the sections on application near the end of each chapter. A third section will discuss critical evaluations, taking ...

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