Critical Psychology

Edited by Ian Parker

© 2011 – Routledge

1,760 pages

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About the Book

Critical psychology has emerged as a vibrant site of research and reflection on the assumptions and practices of its host discipline. As serious scholarship flourishes in the area as never before, this new collection from the Routledge Major Works series, Critical Concepts in Psychology, meets the need for an authoritative reference work to map the terrain. In four volumes, Critical Psychology is an accessible database which brings together foundational and the best and most influential cutting-edge materials, including key works produced before the term ‘critical psychology’ gained wide currency but which anticipate approaches now included under that rubric.

The collection is organized thematically. Volume I assembles vital research to examine and explore how critical psychology turns the gaze of the psychologist back upon the discipline. The volume includes influential critiques of the limits of dominant models, concepts, and methodological approaches. Volume II, meanwhile, focuses on the contradictions and spaces for resistance to such dominant assumptions in the discipline. The materials gathered here address the way mainstream psychology is structured, and show how it is possible to turn the incoherence of psychological research into a strength for critical work, bringing out contradictions in order to highlight new readings of phenomena described in different sub-fields of the discipline. Volume III goes beyond academic and professional psychology to study how psychology has recruited academics and professionals who use its ideas and appeal to its theories to back up their own programmes of normalization and pathologization. The work brought together in final volume interrogates the everyday, commonsensical psychology that people use around the world and demonstrates how this provides the basis for the deconstruction of psychology. The research collected here illustrates how individuals can draw upon the variety of different theories about our own different psychologies to interrupt and subvert the dominant stories that are told by many academic and professional psychologists.

With a detailed and comprehensive introduction and commentary to each volume, Critical Psychology is destined to be welcomed as an essential work of reference and a crucial research tool.

Table of Contents


Volume I: Dominant models of psychology and their limits


1. I. Parker, ‘Critical Psychology: What it is and What it is Not’, Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 2007, 1, 1, 1–15.

Part 1: Anticipations

2. E. Lieven, ‘"If it’s Natural, We Can’t Change it"’, The Cambridge Women’s Studies Group, Women in Society: Interdisciplinary Essays (Virago, 1981), pp. 203–23.

3. C. J. Karier, ‘Testing for Order and Control in the Corporate Liberal State’, Educational Theory, 1977, 22, 2, 154–80.

4. D. Bramel and R. Friend, ‘Hawthorne, the Myth of the Docile Worker, and Class Bias in Psychology’, American Psychologist, 1981, 36, 867–78

5. K. J. Gergen, ‘Social Psychology as History’, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 1973, 26, 309–20.

6. K. Danziger, ‘The Methodological Imperative in Psychology’, Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 1985, 15, 1–13.

Part 2: Exemplifications

7. N. Weisstein, ‘Psychology Constructs the Female, or the Fantasy Life of the Male Psychologists (With Some Attention to the Fantasies of his Friends, the Male Biologist and the Male Anthropologist)’, Feminism & Psychology, 1993, 3, 2, 195–210.

8. J. Broughton, ‘The Masculine Authority of the Cognitive’, in B. Inhelder, D. de Caprona, A. Cornu-Wells (eds.), Piaget Today (Lawrence Erlbaum, 1987), pp. 111–25

9. D. Haraway, ‘Metaphors into Hardware: Harry Harlow and the Technology of Love’, Primate Visions (Routledge, 1989), pp. 231–43.

10. P. Lambley, ‘Psychology and Socio-Political Reality: Apartheid Psychology and its Link with Trends in Humanistic Psychology and Behaviour Theory’, International Journal of Psychology, 1973, 18, 1, 73–9.

11. F. Dalal, ‘The Racism of Jung’, Race & Class, 1988, 29, 1, 1–22.

12. J. Shotter, ‘Cognitive Psychology, "Taylorism" and the Manufacture of Unemployment’, in A. Costall and A. W. Still (eds.) Cognitive Psychology in Question (Harvester, 1987), pp. 44–54.

13. J. G. Elliott and S. Gibbs, ‘Does Dyslexia Exist?’, Journal of Philosophy of Education, 2008, 42, 3/4, 475–91.

14. R. Jacoby, ‘Theory and Therapy II: Laing and Cooper’, Social Amnesia: A Critique of Conformist Psychology from Adler to Laing (Harvester Press, 1975), pp. 131–51.

15. J. Kovel, ‘Erik Erikson’s Psychohistory’, Social Policy, 1974, 4, 60–4.

16. R. Stainton Rogers and W. Stainton Rogers, ‘Deconstructing the Alembic Myth’, Stories of Childhood: Shifting Agendas of Child Concern (Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1992), pp. 37–53.

Part 3: Conceptualizations

17. D. Ingleby, ‘Professionals as Socializers: The "Psy Complex"’, Research in Law, Deviance and Social Control, 1985, 7, 79–109.

18. C. Ratner, ‘Totalitarianism and Individualism in Psychology’, Telos, 1971, 7, 50–72.

19. F. J. Wertz, ‘Of Rats and Psychologists: A Study of the History and Meaning of Science’, Theory & Psychology, 1994, 4, 2, 165–97.

20. J. M. Bowers, ‘Time, Representation and Power/Knowledge: Towards a Critique of Cognitive Science as a Knowledge-Producing Practice’, Theory and Psychology, 1991, 1, 543–69.

21. C. M. J. Braun and J. M. C. Baribeau, ‘A Link Between the Social and Natural Sciences: The Case of Scientific Psychology’, Science & Society, 1985, 49, 131–58.

22. G. Canguilhem, ‘What is Psychology?’, I & C, 1980, 7, 37–50.

Volume II: Contradictions in psychology and elements of resistance

Part 4: Deconstructions

23. S. Kvale, ‘Memory and Dialectics: Some Reflections on Ebbinghaus and Mao Tse-tung’, Human Development, 1975, 18, 205–22.

24. E. Burman, ‘The Crisis in Modern Social Psychology and How to Find it’, South African Journal of Psychology, 1996, 26, 3, 135–42.

25. J. Drury, ‘"When the Mobs are Looking for Witches to Burn, Nobody’s Safe": Talking about the Reactionary Crowd’, Discourse & Society, 2002, 13, 1, 41–73.

26. K. Chantler, ‘Rethinking Person-Centred Therapy’, in G. Proctor et al. (eds.), Politicizing the Person-Centred Approach: An Agenda for Social Change (PCCS Books, 2006), pp. 44–54.

27. G. Hayes, ‘We Suffer our Memories: Thinking about the Past, Healing and Reconciliation’, American Imago, 1998, 55, 29–50.

28. J. G. Morawski, ‘White Experimenters, White Blood and Other White Conditions: Locating the Psychologist’s Race’, in M. Fine et al. (eds.), Off White: Readings on Race, Power and Society (Routledge, 1989), pp. 13–28.

29. M. Cresswell and H. Spandler, ‘Psychopolitics: Peter Sedgwick’s Legacy for the Politics of Mental Health’, Social Theory and Health, 2009, 7, 2, 129–47.

30. M. Billig, ‘Methodology and Scholarship in Understanding Ideological Explanation’, in C. Antaki (ed.), Analysing Everyday Explanation: A Casebook of Methods (Sage, 1988), pp. 199–215.

Part 5: Glimmerings

31. M. White, ‘The Externalizing of the Problem and the Re-authoring of Lives and Relationships’, Selected Papers (Dulwich Centre Publications, 1989), pp. 5–28.

32. M. Guilfoyle, ‘From Therapeutic Power to Resistance? Therapy and Cultural Hegemony’, Theory & Psychology, 2005, 15, 1, 101–24.

33. P. Brown, ‘Antipsychiatry and the Left’, Psychology and Social Theory, 1981, 2, 19–28.

34. J. Chamberlin, ‘The Ex-patient’s Movement: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going’, Journal of Mind and Behavior, 1990, 11, 2, 323–36.

35. R. Harré, ‘Staking our Claim for Qualitative Psychology as Science’, Qualitative Research in Psychology, 2004, 1, 3–14.

36. J. D. Ulman, ‘Toward a Synthesis of Marx and Skinner’, Behavior and Social Issues, 1991, 1, 1, 57–70.

37. G. Gigerenzer, ‘From Tools to Theories: A Heuristic of Discovery in Cognitive Psychology’, Psychological Review, 1991, 98, 254–67.

38. M. Plon, ‘On the Meaning of the Notion of Conflict and its Study in Social Psychology’, European Journal of Social Psychology, 1974, 4, 389–436.

Part 6: Resistance

39. J. Rowan, ‘Research as Intervention’, in N. Armistead (ed.), Reconstructing Social Psychology (Penguin, 1974), pp. 86–100.

40. I. Martín-Baró, ‘Toward a Liberation Psychology’, Writings for a Liberation Psychology (Harvard University Press, 1994), pp. 17–32.

41. C. Kitzinger and S. Wilkinson, ‘Validating Women’s Experience? Dilemmas in Feminist Research’, Feminism & Psychology, 1997, 7, 4, 566–74.

42. K.-K. Bhavnani, ‘Tracing the Contours: Feminist Research and Feminist Objectivity’, in H. Afshar and M. Maynard (eds.), The Dynamics of ‘Race’ and Gender (Taylor & Francis, 1994), pp. 26–40.

43. D. Howitt and J. Owusu-Bempah, ‘Anti-racist Psychology’, The Racism of Psychology: Time for Change (Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1994), pp. 160–85.

Volume III: Psychologization and psychological culture

Part 7: Surveillance

44. T. Shallice, ‘Psychology and Social Control’, Cognition, 1984, 17, 29–48.

45. D. Harper, ‘The Complicity of Psychology in the Security State’, in R. Roberts (ed.), Just War: Psychology and Terrorism (PCCS Books, 2007), pp. 15–45.

46. P. Cushman, ‘Ideology Obscured: Political Uses of the Self in Daniel Stern’s Infant’, American Psychologist, 1991, 46, 3, 206–19.

47. L. Nadar, ‘The Phantom Factor: Impact of the Cold War on Anthropology’, in N. Chomsky (ed.), The Cold War and the University: Toward an Intellectual History of the Postwar Years (The New Press, 1997), pp. 107–46).

48. A. Levett, ‘Problems of Cultural Imperialism in the Study of Child Sexual Abuse’, in A. Dawes and D. Donald (eds.), Childhood & Adversity: Psychological Perspectives from South African Research (David Philip Publishers, 1994), pp. 240–60.

49. M. Montero, ‘Ideology and Psychological Research in Third World Contexts’, Journal of Social Issues, 1990, 36, 43–55.

Part 8: Self-regulation

50. I. Lubek, ‘Social Psychology Textbooks: An Historical and Social Psychological Analysis of Conceptual Filtering, Consensus Formation, Career Gatekeeping and Conservatism in Science’, in H. J. Stam et al. (eds.), Recent Trends in Theoretical Psychology (Springer-Verlag, 1993), pp. 359–78.

51. T. J. Scheff, ‘Academic Gangs’, Crime, Law, and Social Change, 1995, 23, 157–62.

52. D. Healy, ‘The Engineers of Human Souls and Academia’, Epidemiologia e Psichiatria Sociale, 2007, 16, 3, 205–11.

53. S. Riger, ‘What’s Wrong with Empowerment?’, American Journal of Community Psychology, 1993, 21, 3, 279–92.

54. U. Kothari, ‘Power, Knowledge and Social Control in Participatory Development’, in B. Cooke and U. Kothari (eds.), Participation: The New Tyranny? (Zed Books, 2001), pp. 139–52.

55. E. Burman, ‘Emotions and Reflexivity in Feminised Action Research’, Educational Action Research, 2006, 14, 3, 315–32.

56. Y. S. Lincoln and G. S. Cannella, ‘Dangerous Discourses: Methodological Conservatism and Governmental Regimes of Truth’, Qualitative Inquiry, 2004, 10, 1, 5–14.

Part 9: Psychologization

57. J. Cromby and D. Harper, ‘Paranoia: A Social Account’, Theory & Psychology, 2009, 19, 3, 335–61.

58. K. McLaughlin, ‘Agency, Resilience and Empowerment: The Dangers Posed by a Therapeutic Culture’, Practice, 2003, 15, 2, 45–58.

59. F. Fanon, ‘The So-called Dependency Complex of Colonized Peoples’, Black Skin, White Masks (Pluto Press, 1952), pp. 83–103.

60. A. Sivanandan, ‘RAT and the Degradation of Black Struggle’, Race & Class, 1985, 25, 4, 1–33.

61. V. Pupavac, ‘War on the Couch: The Emotionology of the New International Security Paradigm’, European Journal of Social Theory, 2004, 7, 2, 149–70.

62. D. Papadopoulos, ‘The Ordinary Superstition of Subjectivity: Liberalism and Technostructural Violence’, Theory & Psychology, 2003, 13, 1, 73–93.

Volume IV: Alternatives and visions for change

Part 10: Conceptual

63. E. Reed, ‘The Challenge of Historical Materialist Epistemology’, in I. Parker and R. Spears (eds.), Psychology and Society: Radical Theory and Practice (Pluto, 1996), pp. 21–34.

64. K. Riegel, ‘The Dialectics of Human Development’, American Psychologist, 1976, 31, 689–700.

65. L. Hood and F. Newman, ‘Tools and Results: Understanding, Explaining and Meaning (Three Sides of One Dialectical Coin)’, Practice, 1983, 1, 2/3, 154–88.

66. K. Holzkamp, ‘On Doing Psychology Critically’, Theory & Psychology, 1992, 2, 2, 193–204.

67. S. Reicher, ‘The Determination of Collective Behaviour’, in H. Tajfel (ed.), Social Identity and Intergroup Relations (Cambridge University Press, 1982), pp. 41–83.

68. M. Tamboukou, ‘Interrogating the "Emotional Turn": Making Connections with Foucault and Deleuze’, European Journal of Psychotherapy, Counselling and Health, 2003, 6, 3, 209–23.

Part 11: Methodological

69. L. Blackman, ‘What is Doing History? The Use of History to Understand the Constitution of Contemporary Psychological Objects’, Theory & Psychology, 1994, 4, 4, 485–504.

70. D. Hook, ‘Discourse, Knowledge and Materiality: Foucault and Discourse Analysis’, Theory & Psychology, 2001, 11, 4, 521–47.

71. M. Foucault, ‘The Order of Discourse’, trans. Ian McLeod, in R. Young (ed.), Untying the Text: A Poststructuralist Reader (Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1981), pp. 48–78.

72. P. Nikander, ‘The Turn to the Text: The Critical Potential of Discursive Social Psychology’, Nordiske Udkast, 1995, 2, 3–15.

73. A. Phoenix, ‘Practising Feminist Research: The Intersection of Gender and "Race" in the Research Process’, in M. Maynard and J. Purvis (eds.), Researching Women’s Lives from a Feminist Perspective (Taylor & Francis, 1994), pp. 49–71.

74. T. McLaughlin, ‘Hearing Voices: An Emancipatory Discourse Analytic Approach’, Changes: An International Journal of Psychology and Psychotherapy, 1996, 14, 3, 238–43.

75. V. Walkerdine, ‘Sex, Power and Pedagogy’, Screen Education, 1981, 38, 14–24.

76. P. Branney, ‘Subjectivity, Not Personality: Combining Discourse Analysis and Psychoanalysis’, Social and Personality Compass, 2008, 2, 2, 574–90.

77. A. J. Bridger, ‘Walking as a "Radicalized" Critical Psychological Method? A Review of Academic, Artistic and Activist Contributions to the Study of Social Environments’, Social and Personality Compass, 2010, 4, 2, 131–9.

78. J. Evans and I. Rappaport, ‘Using Statistics in Everyday Life: From Barefoot Statistician to Critical Citizenship’, in D. Dorling and L. Simpson (eds.), Statistics in Society: The Arithmetic of Politics (Arnold, 1999), pp. 71–7.

Part 12: Political

79. M. Mamdani, ‘Race and Ethnicity as Political Identities in the African Context’, in N. Tazi (ed.), Keywords, Identity: For a Different Kind of Globalization (Vistaar, 2004), pp. 1–24.

80. E. Balibar, ‘Is there a "Neo-Racism"?’, in E. Balibar and I. Wallerstein (eds.), Race, Nation, Class: Ambiguous Identities (Verso, 1991), pp. 17–27.

81. J. Butler, ‘Gender as Performance: An Interview with Judith Butler’, Radical Philosophy, 1994, 67, 32–9.

82. Z. Eisenstein, ‘Constructing a Theory of Capitalist Patriarchy and Socialist Feminism’, Critical Sociology, 1999, 25, 196–217.

83. G. C. Spivak, ‘Can the Subaltern Speak?’, in B. Ashcroft, G. Griffiths, and H. Tiffin (eds.), The Post-Colonial Studies Reader (Routledge, 1995), pp. 24–8.

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