Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Teo

Social Psychology

  • Athanasios Marvakis
  • Mihalis Mentinis
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5583-7_291

Introduction and Definition

It is almost mandatory for an introductory text to begin by providing a definition of the particular field of discussion. Such a definition would conventionally contribute toward a synoptic introduction of the reader to what social psychology is and what it is concerned with. It is the case, however, that given the state of the discipline in question what a definition would actually do would be nothing but presenting one’s own acceptation of social psychology’s subject matter, thus overlooking and, at the same time, obscuring the problematic character of the definition as such. In fact, the terrain of social psychologyis a field of dispute and antagonism of competing versions of social reality, of conflicting views of what it means to be a person, and of various sociopolitical agendas. In this antagonistic and conflictive field, what eventually comes to prevail as the most widely used, hegemonic, and generally accepted perception of what social psychology...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Primary EducationAristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece
  2. 2.Interdisciplinary Centre of Intercultural and Indigenous Studies-ICIIS, Pontificia Universidad Católica de ChileSantiagoChile