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Posthuman Community Psychology
A Psychology for Marginalised People

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ISBN 9780367523886
May 2, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
200 Pages

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Book Description

Posthuman Community Psychology is an exploration of mainstream psychology through a critical posthumanity perspective, examining psychology’s place in the world and its relationship with marginalised people, with a focus on people with disabilities.

The book argues that the history of modern psychology is underpinned by reductionism and individualism, which is embedded within the contemporary psychology that we know today despite the challenges from critical and community psychologists who seek a more empowering, inclusive, and activist psychology. The posthuman community psychology ideas that emerge in this book examine and intersect with mainstream psychology, critical and community psychologies, critical posthumanities and disability studies to propose an imaginative, reflective, and relational new psychology that represents a collection of possibilities that do not remain entrenched in older ways of thinking about humans and human connections. Richards proposes that psychology has the potential to evolve and make a powerful and profound difference for marginalised people, but a genuine desire for change from psychologists is essential for this to happen.

Illustrating the important considerations needed when examining the relationship between the discipline of psychology and marginalised people, this book is fascinating reading for community psychology students and academics, aspiring professional psychologists, community workers, and policy makers.

Table of Contents

Reflections and Positionalities – Who am I?  1. Critical Posthumanities – A Becoming World  2. Psychology – Stuck in the Past or a Becoming Psychology?  3. Community Psychology – Mainstream Psychology or Hope for What Psychology can Become?  4. Community Psychology in Action – Mainstream or Critical/Community Psychology?  5. Posthuman Community Psychology  6. Posthuman Community Psychology and Disabled People – A Reflection

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Michael Richards is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Health and Social Care, Community Psychologist and Chartered Psychologist at Edge Hill University, UK.