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.

Emotion, Identity and Politics

Emotion, identity and politics


In attempting to chart some of the territory in which critical social psychologists have worked, this chapter will change focus to illustrate the breadth, applicability and importance of critical work. In Chapter Five readers were introduced to the way in which critical scholars have studied prejudice and racism. This was structured around a consideration of both the mainstream approaches, followed by the more recent critical work in these areas. The emphasis in this chapter is on simply presenting critical work from selected areas.

The three substantive areas covered in this chapter (emotion, identity and politics) have been chosen for several reasons. Firstly, I am keen to show something of the breadth of topics to which critical social psychology has ...

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