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Toward a Socially Responsible Psychology for a Global Era

Mustakova-Possardt, E., Lyubansky, M., Basseches, M., Oxenberg, J. (Eds.)

2014, XXI, 289 p. 5 illus.

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  • Defines the concept of socially-responsible psychology
  • Provides a multi-layer analysis of social health, as separate from peace psychology
  • Basic issues for creating social responsibility & ethics courses in psychology

The progression is a logical one: in keeping with an era noted for advances toward greater equality and an irreversible trend toward globalization--but also marked with bigotry, persecution, and environmental destruction-- psychology has developed the potential to heal large populations as well as individuals.   

Toward a Socially Responsible Psychology for a Global Era describes the changes necessary to address the systemic problems affecting an increasingly distressed world. This path-breaking resource challenges readers to rethink the basic and implicit assumptions of psychology, reframing the field in terms of its responsibility as a healing science and force for social justice, and elucidates the context that makes this paradigm shift so necessary. Contributors analyze not only central issues shaping the field, but a practical framework for a redefined discipline, with concepts such as socially responsible inquiry and clinical practice, and strategies for working with like-minded communities and institutions toward key objectives, among them: 

  • Achieving a sustainable future.
  • Developing clinical practice suited to a global community.
  • Attaining global consciousness in the context of societal health.
  • Overcoming racism, sexism, and poverty.
  • Healing the causes of human suffering and environmental harm.
  • Conceptualizing and actualizing justice restoratively.
  • Achieving a psychology of nonviolence.

A volume with a clear moral vision, Toward a Socially Responsible Psychology for a Global Era is an affirmation of purpose and a call to action for psychologists to bring greater relevance to their profession towards building a shared just, humane and sustainable future


Content Level » Research

Keywords » Index of Social Health - World Heaalth - World Health Organization - action research methodologies - corporate globalization - eco systems - economic justice - ecosystems - ethnic discrimination - global community - globally competent human consciousness - interpersonal and inter-group conflict - medical model - psychology of non-violence - scapegoating - social activism - social breakdown syndrome

Related subjects » Community Psychology - Political Science

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