Pure Psychology and Societal Reproduction

  • Edward E. Sampson
Part of the Critical Issues in Social Justice book series (CISJ)


We are now ready to reintroduce the three foundations of pure psychology in the context of societal reproduction and ideology. Let me first simply assert my conclusion and then develop the bases for it: the building blocks of positivist empiricism, truncated subjectivism, and abstracted individualism on which psychology’s deep structure is based contribute to societal reproduction and are primarily ideological in their social function. Insofar as the existing socioeconomic and sociocultural system generates the necessary domination of many by a few, psychology’s role is to help foster the very self-understandings that reproduce both the underlying system and its accompanying system of domination and unfreedom.


Social Form Material Transformation Real Subject Societal Transformation Capitalist Social Form 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward E. Sampson
    • 1
  1. 1.Wright InstituteBerkeleyUSA

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