Critical Psychology: An Introduction by Professor Dennis R Fox, Dr Isaac Prilleltensky

By Professor Dennis R Fox, Dr Isaac Prilleltensky

`Critical Psychology recognizes the impact of comparable views together with feminism, serious theroy, postmodernism, hermeneutics and discursive psychology. Fox and Prilleltensky don't got down to write an account of the historical past of severe psychology.... as a substitute, Fox and Prilleltensky's textual content introduces us to a selected strand of modern severe paintings in psychology. The ebook can also be impressive since it stands as a possible educating textual content, that's really strange in severe psychology.... ultimately, maybe the main telling endorsement for any booklet is that i've got already ordered copies to be used in an undergraduate psychology module.... I welcome this inspiration scary and available textual content, and look ahead to next editi

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The third part, "Critical Theories,'' explores differing theoretical perspectives within critical psychology. The final part, "Critical Reflections," assesses critical psychology itself. Such an organizing strategy has certain advantages. One is that professors can use the book as a course supplement in introductory courses, or as a main text in critical psychology courses. Another is that readers looking for material relevant to their immediate interests can read single chapters rather than the whole book.

As Laura S. Brown notes in Chapter 4's examination of professional ethics in psychology, mainstream psychologists traditionally define ethics in legalistic and procedural terms, precluding an in-depth analysis of power dynamics both within and outside psychological practice. As a consequence, professional codes of ethics typically offer more protection to the professionals than to the clients or consumers of services. Brown challenges fundamental assumptions guiding codes of ethics in research and practice and shows how issues of oppression, discrimination, and social change are systematically excluded from discussions of ethics.

Because socialist, communist, and Trotskyist political parties offered a militant, international perspective on the day's crises, scores of young psychologists identified with them, and with the larger circle of sympathizers and unaffiliated radicals. The result was a vibrant discussion within reform caucuses of psychologists. To combat the growing menace of fascism, radicals and Marxists organized public discussions and wrote articles about reactionary trends in the social sciences. The eugenical views of personality psychologist Raymond Cattell, for example, were denounced by the Psychologists League decades before his politics would be discussed by the mainstream press (Neff, 1938; Wojciechowski, 1994).

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