Understanding Critical Social Psychology is an exciting new textbook providing a comprehensive and reader-friendly approach to the theories and methods surrounding Critical Social Psychology. This book combines a critical examination of the traditional philosophies, practices and topics with an emphasis on introducing innovative and contemporary developments in social psychological research. In this way, Tuffin integrates newer insights with established modes of thinking.

From the Shadows of the Hard Sciences

From the shadows of the hard sciences


In Chapter One readers were introduced to the experimental tradition in social psychology, and some of the grounds on which this tradition may be critiqued. In particular, the problems of artificiality, relevance, studying ourselves as objects, and a range of ethical issues were highlighted. When considered together these issues raise serious concerns about the wisdom of continuing to rely on experimentation as the method of choice for advancing our knowledge and understanding of the social world. In this chapter the crucial question centres around an examination of why social psychology has come to rely so heavily on experimentation. In order to do this, the historical and philosophical ideas experimentation is based on ...

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