Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Teo

Systems of Critiques

  • Thomas Teo
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5583-7_61


Psychologists might assume that the critique of psychology is a recent intellectual development that emerged with the social movements of the 1960s and 1970s in Western Europe and North America. What these psychologists may refer to is Western critical psychology that questioned the relevance of a given mainstream psychology for underprivileged groups, challenged the power that is expressed in traditional theories and practices, and expressed alternative perspectives within an ethical-political or moral-practical imperative. Thus, the critique of psychology could be distinguished from critical psychology, with the former having long historical and theoretical traditions. However, it should be noted that the distinction is not perfectly clear and this encyclopedia provides evidence for the critique of psychology as well as critical psychology. This entry provides a heuristic overview of systems of critiques of academic psychology, mostly in terms of “theories,” whereas...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyYork UniversityTorontoCanada