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What is critical psychology a psychology of?

[Speaker] Stam, Henderikus J:1
1:University of Calgary (Canada)

Critical psychological work takes seriously the socio-political nature of psychological phenomena. Yet we do not have a single critical psychology in the same way that we don't have a single psychology in general, but multiple versions of psychological topics and multiple approaches to studying those topics. Critical psychology then becomes one more theoretical framework vying with multiple others. This is not necessarily bad if the multiplicity of psychological topics itself is theorized in critical psychology. A critical theory must be able to analyse the diversity of psychological topics, whose very pervasive and confusing nature keeps critical topics from being taken seriously at all. I will discuss the paradox of the profusion of positions in psychology and how a critical psychology can keep from being just one more "position" by using Canadian Psychology as a case study.
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