Recent work in social psychology has questioned the assumptions and practices of traditional research and debate in the field. Critical Social Psychology pulls these new strands together in a major overview of key theoretical, political, and empirical developments. The book assembles leading figures in the field to address both the need for a critical perspective in social psychology and the many strands of discussion that have informed that critique. The chapters are accessible and passionately argued, ranging over political critique in a postmodern world, the status of qualitative methods, realism versus relativism, and the question of subjectivity from a critical perspective. Critical Social Psychology offers a fascinating tour of debates that are shaping the field today by its leading exponents. It will be essential reading for students and academics in social psychology.
- Chapter 1: Introduction
- Chapter 2: Why a Critical Social Psychology?
- Chapter 3: Going Critical?
- Chapter 4: Discourse and Critical Social Psychology
- Chapter 5: Does Critical Social Psychology Mean the End of the World?
- Chapter 6: Laying the Ground for a Common Critical Psychology
- Chapter 7: Postmodernism, Postmodernity and Social Psychology
- Chapter 8: And So Say All of Us?: Some Thoughts on ‘Experiential Democratization’ as an Aim for Critical Social Psychologists
- Chapter 9: Discourses, Structures and Analysis: What Practices? In Which Contexts?
- Chapter 10: The Unconscious State of Social Psychology
- Chapter 11: Postmodernity, Subjectivity and the Media
- Chapter 12: Prioritizing the Political: Feminist Psychology
- Chapter 13: Reflexively Recycling Social Psychology: A Critical Autobiographical Account of an Evolving Critical Social Psychological Analysis of Social Psychology
- Chapter 14: Differentiating and De-Developing Critical Social Psychology
- Chapter 15: Critical Social Psychology: Identity and De-Prioritization of the Social
- Chapter 16: What Scientists Do
- Chapter 17: Participant Status in Social Psychological Research