A History of "Relevance" in Psychology (Innbundet)

Serie: Palgrave Studies in the Theory and History of Psychology 


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Innbinding: Innbundet
Utgivelsesår: 2016
Antall sider: 222
Forlag: Palgrave Macmillan
Språk: Engelsk
Serie: Palgrave Studies in the Theory and History of Psychology
ISBN/EAN: 9781137474889
Kategori: Psykologi
Omtale A History of "Relevance" in Psychology
This book represents the first attempt to historicise and theorise appeals for `relevance' in psychology. It argues that the persistence of questions about the `relevance' of psychology derives from the discipline's terminal inability to define its subject matter, its reliance on a socially disinterested science to underwrite its knowledge claims, and its consequent failure to address itself to the needs of a rapidly changing world.

The chapters go on to consider the `relevance' debate within South African psychology, by critically analysing discourse of forty-five presidential, keynote and opening addresses delivered at annual national psychology congresses between 1950 and 2011, and observes how appeals for `relevance' were advanced by reactionary, progressive and radical psychologists alike.

The book presents, moreover, the provocative thesis that the revolutionary quest for `social relevance' that began in the 1960s has been supplanted by an ethic of `market relevance' that threatens to isolate the discipline still further from the anxieties of broader society. With powerful interest groups continuing to co-opt psychologists without relent, this is a development that only psychologists of conscience can arrest.

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