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Critical Psychology
An Introduction

Second Edition
  • Dennis Fox - University of Illinois, Springfield, USA
  • Isaac Prilleltensky - University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, USA, Vanderbilt University, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
  • Stephanie Austin - Independent Researcher

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Critical Psychology

© 2009 | 496 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Electronic Inspection Copy available for instructors here

`Do read this book - it will refresh you if you have not come across critical psychology before. If you are already "critical", this is an excellent, up-to-date overview of the area' - THE (Times Higher Education)

 

'An excellent book in all respects - compulsory reading for scholars interested in a socio-political contextual analysis of complex human behaviour' -

Professor David F Marks, City University, London

 

'The arrival of a Second Edition of this classic is an exciting event. The editors have assembled a world class array of authors to bring students to the forefront of critical scholarship today. Adding to the work's lustre are fresh new chapters on critical social issues, along with a set of new pedagogical aids. Bravo!' -

Kenneth J. Gergen, Senior Research Professor, Swarthmore College

 

The Second Edition of Critical Psychology extends the original's comprehensive and accessible critique of mainstream psychology. Fully revised, reconfigured and expanded, the Second Edition explores critical psychology's continued growth and diversification, offering practical advice, and noting significant theoretical and political dilemmas confronting critical psychologists today.

 

While other texts focus on narrower specialties within critical psychology or on specific theoretical or methodological perspectives, Critical Psychology retains its focus on critical psychology as a whole.

 

Key features of the new edition include:

 

- each chapter now also includes a summary of main points, a glossary of important terms, suggested readings and Internet sites, and questions for discussion

 

- the book's contributors - most of them new - have thoroughly updated the original chapters and provide multiple perspectives on critical psychology's core concerns

 

- reflecting recent developments, Parts Three and Four are completely new to this edition. Part Three provides in-depth coverage of critical psychology's relevance to social justice, focusing on the issues of race, class, gender, disability, colonization/globalization, human rights/social justice in post-conflict settings, and oppression/empowerment in mental health systems. Part Four examines critical psychology practice, from theory, methodology and therapy to community organizing and the politics of resistance.

 
PART ONE: CRITICAL OVERVIEWS
Dennis Fox, Isaac Prilleltensky and Stephanie Austin
Critical Psychology for Social Justice
Concerns and Dilemmas  
Ben Harris
What Critical Psychologists Should Know about the History of Psychology
Thomas Teo
Philosophical Concerns in Critical Psychology
 
PART TWO: CRITICAL DISCIPLINES
Tod Sloan
Theories of Personality
Jeanne Marecek and Rachel T Hare-Mustin
Clinical Psychology
The Politics of Madness  
Frances Cherry
Social Psychology and Social Change
Gazi Islam and Michael Zyphur
Concepts and Directions in Critical Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Isaac Prilleltensky and Geoffrey Nelson
Community Psychology
Advancing Social Justice  
Kerry Chamberlain and Michael Murray
Critical Health Psychology
Bruce Arrigo and Dennis Fox
Psychology and the Law
The Crime of Policy and the Search for Justice  
Alexa Hepburn and Clare Jackson
Rethinking Subjectivity
A Discursive Psychological Approach to Cognition and Emotion  
 
PART THREE: CRITICAL SOCIAL ISSUES
Kevin Durrheim, Derek Hook and Damien W Riggs
Race and Racism
Heather E Bullock and Wendy M Limbert
Class
Victoria Clarke and Virginia Braun
Gender
Ora Prilleltensky
Critical Psychology and Disability Studies
Critiquing the Mainstream, Critiquing the Critique  
Ingrid Huygens
From Colonization to Globalization
Continuities in Colonial 'Common Sense'  
M Brinton Lykes and Erzulie D Coquillon
Psychosocial Trauma, Poverty and Human Rights in Communities Emerging from War
Michael McCubbin
Oppression and Empowerment
The Genesis of a Critical Analysis of Mental Health  
 
PART FOUR: CRITICAL PRACTICE
Tod Sloan
Doing Theory
Wendy Stainton Rogers
Research Methodology
Isaac Prilleltensky, Ora Prilleltensky and Courte Voorhees
Psychopolitical Validity in Counselling and Therapy
Scot Evans and Colleen Loomis
Organizational and Community Change
Vicky Steinitz and Elliot G Mishler
Critical Psychology and the Politics of Resistance
Dennis Fox
Frequently Asked Questions

Excellent resource and a great core text for the critical psychology module

Mrs Emma Barton
Department of Applied Psychology, University of Cumbria
November 11, 2013

This is a great introductory text to the field of critical psychology. The first chapter especially will be of great use to allow psychology students to 'get the feel' for the (sometimes choppy) terrain of critical psychology.

Dr Jenny Slater
Education, Childhood and Inclusion, Sheffield Hallam University
May 15, 2013

This is an excellent overview of Critical Psychology. It includes chapters addressing the subject in an number of relevant areas.

Dr Martina Reynolds
Social Science , Brunel University
February 13, 2013

Excellent text, which discusses a range of topics within critical psychology. This is a good resource for undergraduate students as it critically examines the scientific status of psychology and the role politics play in both theory and practice. I could not recommend this highly enough!

Dr Chris Howard
Fac of Education, Health & Sciences (Kedleston), Derby University
January 17, 2013

excellent text that covers the essentials for the course. Opens up debate and critique.

Dr Lyndsey Moon
Department of Psychology, Roehampton University
June 19, 2012

Key features of the new edition include:

- each chapter now also includes a summary of main points, a glossary of important terms, suggested readings and Internet sites, and questions for discussion

- the book's contributors - most of them new - have thoroughly updated the original chapters and provide multiple perspectives on critical psychology's core concerns

- reflecting recent developments, Parts Three and Four are completely new to this edition. Part Three provides in-depth coverage of critical psychology's relevance to social justice, focusing on the issues of race, class, gender, disability, colonization/globalization, human rights/social justice in post-conflict settings, and oppression/empowerment in mental health systems. Part Four examines critical psychology practice, from theory, methodology and therapy to community organizing and the politics of resistance

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