The Morals and Politics of Psychology: Psychological Discourse and the Status Quo

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SUNY Press, 1 jan. 1994 - 283 pagina's
This book explores the moral, social, and political implications of dominant psychological theories and practices. The analysis entails the therapeutic uses of psychoanalysis, cognitive, behavioral, and humanistic psychology, as well as the practice of clinical, school, and industrial/organizational psychology.

It is argued that applied psychology strengthens the societal status quo, thereby contributing to the perpetuation of social injustice. Most discussions of morality in psychology deal with the ethical repercussions of practices on individual clients. This book is unique in that it deals with the social ethics of psychology; that is, with the social morality of the discipline. It is also unique in that it offers a comprehensive critique of the most popular psychological means of solving human problems.

The author does not stop at the level of critique but provides a vision for including the values of self-determination, distributive justice, collaboration, and democratic participation in psychology. He shows how some of these values have already been adopted by feminist and community psychologists.

Given the prominence of psychology in contemporary society, The Morals and Politics of Psychology should be of interest to mental health professionals and their clients, as well as to people concerned with morality and social justice.
 

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Introduction
3
The Status Quo and Its Preservation
15
Psychology in Modern Society
22
Ideology and Psychology
30
Framework of Analysis
38
THE POLITICS OF PSYCHOLOGICAL DISCOURSE
43
Psychoanalysis
45
Behaviorism
70
IndustrialOrganizational Psychology
131
School Psychology
150
PSYCHOLOGY AND SOCIAL ETHICS
167
Human Welfare and the Status Quo
169
Psychology and Social Change
187
Empowerment in Mainstream Psychology
203
References
223
Author Index
267

Humanism
80
Cognitivism
88
Abnormal Psychology
98

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Over de auteur (1994)

Isaac Prilleltensky is Assistant Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University.

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