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Psychology in Social Context. Issues and Debates

  • ID: 2248790
  • Book
  • April 2011
  • 292 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
In recent years there has been increased recognition of the weaknesses within orthodox views of psychology, and this has led to a surge in critical approaches to the discipline. Reflecting this trend,
Psychology in Social Context: Issues and Debates provides an accessible introduction to current thinking and key ideas relating to the field of critical psychology.

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.

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About the Authors.


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.

12 Parapsychology.

13 Psychology in Everyday Life.

14 Further Issues in Psychology.

15 Psychology at Issue?

Selected Glossary.



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Philip John Tyson
Dai Jones
Jonathan Elcock
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