Taking a distinctive approach to addressing issues in psychology, this thought–provoking text considers a variety of historical controversies in psychology and the ways in which the discipline is embedded within particular socio–historical contexts. The team of authors draws on historical analysis to reveal the ways in which psychology interrelates with social context. Concepts are richly illustrated with many examples of how the discipline has engaged with such controversial social issues as race and IQ, psychology and gender, ethical issues in psychology, parapsychology, and the nature–nurture debate.
Provocative and intellectually stimulating, Psychology in Social Context provides deep insights into the diverse nature of a discipline and its pursuit of the understanding of the mind and behaviour.
1 The Nature of Psychology.
2 Psychology and Society.
3 Psychology, Intelligence, and IQ.
4 Psychology and Race.
5 Psychology and Women.
6 Beyond Nature Versus Nurture.
7 Psychology in Service to the State.
8 Ethical Standards in Psychology.
9 Personality and Personality Tests.
10 Psychology and Mental Health.
11 Freud and Psychology.
13 Psychology in Everyday Life.
14 Further Issues in Psychology.
15 Psychology at Issue?
"Presenting important ideas about the ways that psychologists view the knowledge they generate, this book would be a good companion to a textbook based on the conventional hypothetical–deductive model of research. Recommended. Lower–division undergraduates through faculty." (Choice, 1 October 2011)