≪Organizer Abstract≫
In this symposium we discuss why, when, where, and how critical psychology has emerged as a counter-movement to traditional psychology around the world, elaborating on perspectives from China, Denmark, Canada, and Japan, representing the diversity of critical thought but also its nexus. The possibility of internationally "harmonious" critical psychologies are debated by pointing to shared principles regarding the societal nature of humans, the unity of theory and practice, the fact that descriptive and normative ideas are intertwined in the human sciences, the historicity of psychological theories, methods, and concepts, and the relationship between politics and psychology. The dialectics between the particular and the general, indigenous and universal approaches, the past and the present are reflected upon. Using examples from different continents, based on indigenous as well as international perspectives, the possibilities and limits of a globalized critical psychology are discussed.
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