Status Quo Maintenance
The argument that psychology maintains the status quo comes from critical psychology and is important for critical psychologists who are concerned with addressing social inequalities. A key paper by Prilleltensky (1989) maps out this concern by drawing attention to, and calling for an inquiry into, psychology’s ideological functions. However, status quo maintenance is not debated in traditional psychology, in part, because historically, mainstream psychology has adopted an apolitical stance.
Status quo maintenance refers to the ways in which psychological knowledge supports the status quo, that is, the existing state of affairs or dominant ideology.
Ideology; individualism; individual-society dualism; inequality
Traditionally, psychologists have not addressed the relationship between psychology and the status quo because they claim to adopt an apolitical stance. This stance stems from an epistemology that does not explicitly...
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