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Revolution in Psychology Alienation to Emancipation by Ian Parker

Revolution in Psychology Alienation to Emancipation


Revolution in Psychology Alienation to Emancipation by Ian Parker

A radical methodological approach to psychology that is open to social change - in an anti-capitalist, anti-racist and feminist politics. Antonio Negri Psychology is meant to help people cope with the afflictions of modern society. But how useful is it? Ian Parker argues that current psychological practice has become part of the problem, rather than the solution. Ideal for undergraduates, this book deconstructs the discipline to reveal the neoliberal sensitivities that underlie its theory and practice. Psychology focuses on the happiness of 'the individual'. Yet it neglects the fact that the happiness of the individual depends on their social and political surroundings. Ian Parker argues that a new approach to psychology is needed. He offers an alternative vision, outlining how the discipline can be linked to political practice and how it can help people as part of a wider progressive agenda. This groundbreaking book is at the cutting edge of current thinking on the discipline and should be required reading on all psychology courses.


'This is a very clear and useful critique of the discipline of psychology in its various branches. Definitely to be recommended as an introductory text for anyone trying to connect radical politics and the study of psychology'
Professor John Holloway, Instituto de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades of the BenemErita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla in Mexico

'A really necessary book. Ian Parker harvests the insights of the social movements of recent decades and transforms them into a new paradigm, finding a deep connection between psychology and politics'
Frigga Haug

'A remarkable book. A sharply honed scythe through the dangers of mainstream scientistic psychology as well as through some spiritual, humanistic, 'positive'
and discursive alternatives

Don Foster, Professor of Psychology, University of Cape Town
'A radical methodological approach to psychology that is open to social change change - in an anti-capitalist, anti-racist and feminist politics

Antonio Negri

About the Author

Ian Parker is Professor of Psychology in the Discourse Unit at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he is managing editor of 'Annual Review of Critical Psychology'.' He is a member of Psychology Politics Resistance, which is now part of the Asylum collective. He has produced seventeen books, including The Crisis in Modern Social Psychology, and how to end it (1989), Qualitative Psychology: Introducing Radical Research (2005) and Slavoj Zizek: A Critical Introduction (Pluto Press, 2004).

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Publication date

1st June 2007


Ian Parker

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Pluto Press


272 pages


Psychological theory & schools of thought



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