Introduction

Principles and positions

Authored by: Ian Parker

Handbook of Critical Psychology

Print publication date:  April  2015
Online publication date:  April  2015

Print ISBN: 9781848722187
eBook ISBN: 9781315726526
Adobe ISBN: 9781317537182

10.4324/9781315726526.intro

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Abstract

This handbook provides a comprehensive review of the rapidly expanding field of critical psychology, and will serve as a key resource for researchers, teachers, and students. The book as a whole comes as close as is possible to defining the scope of critical psychology. There are important reasons why that task is actually unachievable, and I will address some reasons in this introduction. Even an ‘introduction’ to critical psychology is fraught with dangers, as many authors have recognized when they have embarked on that endeavour, and they have most often retreated to a definition of it as primarily being a more ‘social’ form of psychology (e.g. Gough et al. 2013; Gough and McFadden 2001; Hepburn 2003; Tuffin 2004).

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