Critical Theory and Practice in Psychology and the Human Sciences

Psychology’s Contribution to Socio-Cultural, Political, and Individual Emancipation

Authors: Ratner, Carl

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  • Articulates how psychologists can generate insights into emancipatory social change
  • Evaluates populist movements that aim at social and psychological emancipation
  • Posits that populism is inadequate to solve social and psychological problems and provides and alternative
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This book articulates how psychologists can use their theory, research, and intervention to generate insights into emancipatory social change that is necessary to solve social and psychological problems. These include racism, sexism, civil rights, poverty, militarism, education, and politics. 

Psychology was not developed to directly address social issues. It must therefore be reconceptualised to fulfil this aim. In this book Carl Ratner makes use of Vygotsky’s psychological approach known as ‘cultural-historical psychology’, supplemented by Martin-Baro’s Liberation Psychology and the work of Bourdieu and Foucault to develop an emancipatory psychological theory. This approach is then utilized to lay out a specific program of social and psychological emancipation. This reconstructed psychological theory is also used to evaluate populist movements that aim at social and psychological emancipation. Ratner posits that populism is inadequate to solve social and psychological problems because it misunderstands the nature of society and what it takes to improve society and psychology. This is demonstrated through wide-ranging examples including populist feminism, populist socialism, and populist distortions of liberation psychology and cultural-historical psychology.

This lively critique opens a pathway for academic across the social sciences concerned with how their disciplines can be oriented toward understanding and solving social-psychological problems, and will appeal to wide readership including policy makers, and social activists. 


About the authors

Carl Ratner is Director of the Institute for Cultural Research and Education, USA and a cultural psychologist working on political aspects of psychology and culture. He is active in the cooperative movement and his previous works include Politics of Cooperation & Co-Ops (2016) and Neoliberal Psychology (2019). 

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction: Defining Emancipation That Forms the Parameters of Emancipatory, Scientific Psychology

    Pages 3-35

    Ratner, Carl

  • Martin-Baro’s Liberation Psychology

    Pages 37-53

    Ratner, Carl

  • Vygotsky’s Marxist Psychology Is the Scientific Psychology for Advancing Social-Psychological Emancipation

    Pages 55-107

    Ratner, Carl

  • Social-Psychological-Political Emancipation According to Cultural-Historical/Macro Cultural Psychology

    Pages 109-176

    Ratner, Carl

  • Contemporary Populism

    Pages 179-259

    Ratner, Carl

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eBook $59.99
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Hardcover $99.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-28025-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Psychology’s Contribution to Socio-Cultural, Political, and Individual Emancipation
Authors
Series Title
Critical Theory and Practice in Psychology and the Human Sciences
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-28026-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-28026-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-28025-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 344
Number of Illustrations
32 b/w illustrations
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