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Revolution in Psychology Alienation to Emancipation

by Ian Parker

Revolution in Psychology Alienation to Emancipation Synopsis

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.

Revolution in Psychology Alienation to Emancipation Press Reviews

'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

Book Information

ISBN: 9780745325354
Publication date: 1st June 2007
Author: Ian Parker
Publisher: Pluto Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 272 pages
Categories: Psychological theory & schools of thought,

About Ian Parker

Ian Parker is Professor of Management in the School of Management at the University of Leicester and President of the College of Psychoanalysts-UK. He is the author of Psychology and Society (Pluto, 1996), Slavoj Zizek: A Critical Introduction (Pluto, 2004) and Revolution in Psychology (Pluto, 2007).

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