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Subjectivity in Psychology in the Era of Social Justice

1st Edition

By Bethany Morris, Chase Kelly O'Gwin, Amanda Sebasteinne Grant, Sakenya McDonald


104 pages

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pub: 2020-03-02
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The notion of social justice permeates much of current Western political and cultural discourse with a newfound urgency. What it means to be socially just is a question Morris et al investigate and interrogate, looking at psychology’s contributions to the subject and considering the practicality of social justice in light of modern subjectivity.

The book begins by examining the lack of equity and inclusivity in education and the ways in which psychology has been complicit in the margninalization of oppressed groups. Drawing upon Lacanian theory, it goes on to discuss how diversity initiatives take on an obsessive-neurotic characteristic that can stifle those it claims to understand and promote .The authors investigate the anxiety around the performance of being socially just or "woke" and suggest how psychology can contribute to the development of socially just humans, more attuned to the needs of others, through the appreciation of interconnectivity and compassion.

An imperative text for scholars and students of philosophical and theoretical psychology, critical psychology, social psychology, psychoanalysis, social work and education.

Table of Contents



Systemic Apathy, Subjectivity, and Social Justice in Psychology and Education

Addressing the Empty Self

Cognitive Science, Obsessionality and Diversity & Inclusion

"I’m Just Not Woke Enough"

About the Authors

Bethany Morris is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Lindsey Wilson College in Kentucky. She has her doctoral degree from the University of West Georgia and her research interests include theoretical approaches to gender and sexuality, race and racism, Lacanian psychoanalysis, and discourse analysis.

Sebastienne Grant is a Professor of Psychology and Human Development and Graduate Program Director for the MA Critical Psychology and Human Services program at Prescott College. She obtained her doctoral degree from the University of West Georgia. Her work is grounded in an integration of critical, humanistic, existential, Buddhist, and transpersonal perspectives and broadly takes up issues of individual and societal wellbeing (including social justice), compassion, self and subjectivity, and bio/techno-ethics.

Chase O’Gwin is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Coordinator of General Psychology program at Northwest Missouri State University. He obtained her doctoral degree from the University of West Georgia. His work included theoretical psychology, subjectivity in relation to Exceptional Experiences (ExE), the psychology of horror and Lacanian psychoanalysis.

Sakenya McDonald earned a Master of Arts in Humanities and is currently a Ph.D. Fellowship Recipient at Prescott College studying institutional power dynamics, systemic apathy, and resilient community models. Using a systems theory approach, Sakenya examines how individuals and communities assess the value of social capital, as positioned within contemporary education structures and policy, through the lenses of critical psychology, sociology, and qualitative methodology. In addition to her work on social justice and subjectivity, Sakenya has extensive experience in oration, training and development, and administration. Sakenya lives in Flagstaff, Arizona and enjoys dance, trail running, and travel.

About the Series

Advances in Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology

The founders of psychology — thinkers such as Wundt, Freud, and Spencer — recognized the importance of psychologists formulating for themselves the conceptual foundations of the discipline. These parents of psychology not only did their own theorizing, in cooperation with many others; they realized the significance of constantly re-examining these theories and philosophies, including the theories and philosophies of psychology’s methods.

The Advances in Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology series is dedicated to this examining and re-examining. It identifies the pivotal and problematic non-empirical issues that face the discipline and addresses these issues in the tradition of the theorists of natural science — uncovering the implicit concepts and hidden assumptions of programs of research and strategies of practice to compare them to concepts and assumptions that might be better.

To learn more about the series or to propose a title, please contact Brent Slife ([email protected]) and Christina Chronister ([email protected]).

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