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Concepts for Critical Psychology

Disciplinary Boundaries Re-thought

Series Editor: Ian Parker

Developments inside psychology that question the history of the discipline and the way it functions in society have led many psychologists to look outside the discipline for new ideas. This series draws on cutting edge critiques from just outside psychology in order to complement and question critical arguments emerging inside. The authors provide new perspectives on subjectivity from disciplinary debates and cultural phenomena adjacent to traditional studies of the individual.

The books in the series are useful for advanced level undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers and lecturers in psychology and other related disciplines such as cultural studies, geography, literary theory, philosophy, psychotherapy, social work and sociology.

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  1. Race, Gender and the Activism of Black Feminist Theory

    Working with Audre Lorde

    By Suryia Nayak

    Series: Concepts for Critical Psychology

    Beginning from the premise that psychology needs to be questioned, dismantled and new perspectives brought to the table in order to produce alternative solutions, this book takes an unusual transdisciplinary step into the activism of Black feminist theory. The author, Suryia Nayak, presents a close...

    Published September 2nd 2014 by Routledge

  2. Perverse Psychology

    The pathologization of sexual violence and transgenderism

    By Jemma Tosh

    Series: Concepts for Critical Psychology

    Psychology defines people who take pleasure in the suffering of others as having a form of mental illness, while media representations frame such behaviour as ‘evil’. This is hotly contested territory, not least where sexual violence is concerned – violence which feminist voices argue is related to...

    Published June 21st 2014 by Routledge

  3. The Therapeutic Turn

    How psychology altered Western culture

    By Ole Jacob Madsen

    Series: Concepts for Critical Psychology

    In what ways has psychology become more influential in Western society? In this book author Ole Jacob Madsen considers the notion of a ‘Therapeutic Turn’ in Western culture – the tendency for psychology to permeate ever new spheres within society. The Therapeutic Turn evaluates the increasing...

    Published May 29th 2014 by Routledge

  4. Self Research

    The intersection of therapy and research

    By Ian Law

    Series: Concepts for Critical Psychology

    ‘Self research’ is both a therapeutic and a research endeavour that enables the subject of the research to interpret and validate their own data. In Self Research, Ian Law outlines and draws together the theoretical, institutional and practice elements of this work, and offers illustrative examples...

    Published December 12th 2013 by Routledge

  5. Decolonizing Global Mental Health

    The psychiatrization of the majority world

    By China Mills

    Series: Concepts for Critical Psychology

    Decolonizing Global Mental Health is a book that maps a strange irony. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Movement for Global Mental Health are calling to ‘scale up’ access to psychological and psychiatric treatments globally, particularly within the global South. Simultaneously, in the...

    Published November 10th 2013 by Routledge

  6. Cultural Ecstasies

    Drugs, Gender and the Social Imaginary

    By Ilana Mountian

    Series: Concepts for Critical Psychology

    In this important contribution to the field, Ilana Mountian critically analyses discourses surrounding drug addiction, drug prohibition, treatment and prevention, and highlights new ways of understanding the role that gender plays in the ethics of drug use across cultures. The book analyses the...

    Published September 26th 2012 by Routledge

  7. Social Identity in Question

    Construction, Subjectivity and Critique

    By Parisa Dashtipour

    Series: Concepts for Critical Psychology

    Social identity theory is one of the most influential approaches to identity, group processes, intergroup relations and social change. This book draws on Lacanian psychoanalysis and Lacanian social theorists to investigate and rework the predominant concepts in the social identity framework....

    Published June 20th 2012 by Routledge

  8. Psychologisation in Times of Globalisation

    By Jan De Vos

    Series: Concepts for Critical Psychology

    Today more than ever, our understanding of ourselves, others and the world around us is described in psychological terms. Psychologists deeply influence our society, and psychological-discourse has invaded companies, advertising, culture, politics, and even our social and family life. Moreover,...

    Published May 13th 2012 by Routledge

  9. Surviving Identity

    Vulnerability and the Psychology of Recognition

    By Kenneth McLaughlin

    Series: Concepts for Critical Psychology

    Today, political claims are increasingly made on the basis of experienced trauma and inherent vulnerability, as evidenced in the growing number of people who identify as a "survivor" of one thing or another, and also in the way in which much political discourse and social policy assumes the...

    Published October 23rd 2011 by Routledge

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Forthcoming Books

  1. Ethics and Psychology: Beyond Codes of Practice
    By Calum Neill
    To Be Published July 15th 2015
  2. Inclusive Radical Pedagogy: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Education, Disability and Liberation
    By Anat Greenstein
    To Be Published July 15th 2015

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