Psychology in Social Context

Psychology in Social Context : Issues and Debates

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Psychology in Social Context: Issues and Debates provides a critical perspective on debates and controversies that have divided opinion within psychology both past and present. * Explores the history of psychology through examples of classic and contemporary debates that have split the discipline and sparked change, including race and IQ, psychology and gender, ethical issues in psychology, parapsychology and the nature-nurture debate * Represents a unique approach to studying the nature of psychology by combining historical controversies with contemporary debates within the discipline * Sets out a clear view of psychology as a reflexive human science, embedded in and shaped by particular socio-historical contexts * Written in an accessible style using a range of pedagogical features - such as set learning outcomes, self-test questions, and further reading suggestions at the end of each chapter
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  • Paperback | 292 pages
  • 189 x 249 x 15mm | 650g
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chicester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 1405168234
  • 9781405168236
  • 1,116,344

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In recent years there has been increased recognition of the weaknesses within orthodox views of psychology, and this has led to a surge in critical approaches to the discipline. Reflecting this trend, Psychology in Social Context: Issues and Debates provides an accessible introduction to current thinking and key ideas relating to the field of critical psychology.

Taking a distinctive approach to addressing issues in psychology, this thought-provoking text considers a variety of historical controversies in psychology and the ways in which the discipline is embedded within particular socio-historical contexts. The team of authors draws on historical analysis to reveal the ways in which psychology interrelates with social context. Concepts are richly illustrated with many examples of how the discipline has engaged with such controversial social issues as race and IQ, psychology and gender, ethical issues in psychology, parapsychology, and the nature-nurture debate.



Provocative and intellectually stimulating, Psychology in Social Context provides deep insights into the diverse nature of a discipline and its pursuit of the understanding of the mind and behaviour.
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Table of contents

About the Authors. Preface. 1 The Nature of Psychology. 2 Psychology and Society. 3 Psychology, Intelligence, and IQ. 4 Psychology and Race. 5 Psychology and Women. 6 Beyond Nature Versus Nurture. 7 Psychology in Service to the State. 8 Ethical Standards in Psychology. 9 Personality and Personality Tests. 10 Psychology and Mental Health. 11 Freud and Psychology. 12 Parapsychology. 13 Psychology in Everyday Life. 14 Further Issues in Psychology. 15 Psychology at Issue? Selected Glossary. References. Index.
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Review Text

"These issues aside, this is a compelling and wide-ranging book that encourages the reader to look for the moral values and cultural assumptions at the heart of the apparently unbiased science that is psychology." (The Psychologist, 1 November 2011)"Presenting important ideas about the ways that psychologists view the knowledge they generate, this book would be a good companion to a textbook based on the conventional hypothetical-deductive model of research. Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty." (Choice, 1 October 2011)
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"These issues aside, this is a compelling and wide-ranging book that encourages the reader to look for the moral values and cultural assumptions at the heart of the apparently unbiased science that is psychology." (The Psychologist, 1 November 2011) "Presenting important ideas about the ways that psychologists view the knowledge they generate, this book would be a good companion to a textbook based on the conventional hypothetical-deductive model of research. Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty." (Choice, 1 October 2011)
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About Philip John Tyson

Philip John Tyson is Director of Studies for Biological and Behavioural Sciences in the Department of Natural and Social Sciences at the University of Gloucestershire. He has a special interest in mental health, neuropsychology and critical psychology. Dai Jones is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Gloucestershire. His interests include psychology in a social context, everyday psychology, and connectionist approaches to cognition. Jonathan Elcock is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Gloucestershire. His current research interests include historical and conceptual issues in psychology, and how psychology interacts with social class.
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