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Critical Social Psychology by Russell Spears


Critical Social Psychology by Russell Spears

Much recent work in social psychology has questioned the assumptions and practices of traditional research and debate. Accessible and often passionately argued, this book pulls these new trends together in a major overview of the main theoretical, political and empirical developments. Assembling a group of leading figures in the field, the book addresses the need for a critical perspective in social psychology and examines the many levels of discussion that have informed that critique. The contributors encompass such key topics as: political analysis in a postmodern world; the status of qualitative methods; realism versus relativism; and the question of subjectivity from a critical perspective.


`This volume.... offers thoughtful, insightful observations by some of the most courageous thinkers in the field.... I would charge that psychologists who achieve a critical consciousness bear responsibilities well beyond the bounds of social psychology. I would also emphasize that they have the skills and prowess to fulfil that obligation. This text confirms that, for it is commendable and provocative indeed' - Contemporary Psychology

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Publication date

23rd April 1997


Russell Spears

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SAGE Publications Inc


320 pages


Social, group or collective psychology
Psychological theory & schools of thought



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