Psychology and Society

Psychology and Society : Radical Theory and Practice

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This book brings together contributors from different countries, covering a wide range of social science and social welfare traditions within psychology: from behaviourism to psychoanalysis.This cutting-edge and controversial collection of essays tackles many of the crises facing both radical politics and psychology in the light of multifarious 'post' debates. Providing a lucid overview and keen discussion, this collection contextualises developments at the interface between politics and psychology within a historical materialist framework, and connects the political practice of radicals in psychology with perspectives for change in contemporary Marxism. This radical volume creates a unique site for psychologists on the left to explore key issues in a changing political climate.
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  • Paperback | 260 pages
  • 149.86 x 223.52 x 17.78mm | 408.23g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745308791
  • 9780745308791

About Ian Parker

Ian Parker is Professor of Psychology in the Discourse Unit at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he is managing editor of 'Annual Review of Critical Psychology'.' He is a member of Psychology Politics Resistance, which is now part of the Asylum collective. He has produced seventeen books, including The Crisis in Modern Social Psychology, and how to end it (1989), Qualitative Psychology: Introducing Radical Research (2005) and Slavoj Zizek: A Critical Introduction (Pluto Press, 2004). Russell Spears is Professor of Social Psychology at the Universiet van Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He is currently editor of the British Journal of Social Psychology.
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Table of contents


Marxist Theses and Psychological Themes

Russell Spears and Ian Parker


1. The Challenge of Historical Materialist Epistemology by Edward S Reed

2. Evolution, Biology and Psychology from a Marxist Point of View by Robert M Young

3. Marxism, The Frankfurt School, and Working Class Psychology by Martin Roiser and Carla Willig

4. Psychology and Marxist Politics in America by Benjamin Harris


5. Radical Behaviourism, Selectionism and Social Action by Jerome D Ulman

6. Convergences with Psycho-Analysis by R D Hinshelwood

7. Critical Psychology as Subject Science by Wolfgang Maiers and Charles W Tolman

8. V N Volosinov and Social Psychology by Liam Greenslade

9. Newman`s Practice of Method Completes Vygotsky by Lois Holzman


10. Pick a Utopia, Any Utopia: How to be Critical in Critical Social Psychology by Mike Michael

11. The Psychology of Everyday Life: Some Marxist Reflections by Grahame Hayes

12. Emotion and Politics by Paul Hoggett

13. Incarcerated Women: Transformative Strategies by Kum-Kum Bhavnani and Angela Y Davis

14. The Revolutionary Psychology of Lev Davidovich Bronstein by Ian Parker


15. Rethinking Empowerment: Shared Action Against Powerlessnes by Mark Burton and Carolyn Kagan

16. Therapy, Consciousness-Raising and the Future in Psychology by Jane Selby and Ben Bradley

17. Participant Action-Research: Myths and Fallacies by Bernardo Jimnez-Dominguez

18. The Reactionary Practice of Radical Psychology: Revoking the Faustian Contract by Stephen Reicher

Notes on Contributors

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'Serves to introduce undergraduate students to important, but neglected, traditions' -- Journal of the History of Behavioural Science 'An impressive attempt to reclaim Marxism for psychology, and to collect together some of the best recent work in this tradition' -- Psychology in Society
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