≪Organizer Abstract≫
In this symposium, we address three distinctive psycho-social topics from the perspective of critical psychology. The topics are psycho-social in the sense that an adequate account necessarily entails both psychological and social processes. Bringing a critical psychology perspective to bear means considering how subjectivity or what is often identified as "experience" is inextricably connected to the individual's socio-cultural and historical context. In addition, there is a concern with power and the political, especially in relation to knowledge, and the ways in which experience is constrained and shaped. Furthermore, the focus is on attending to social problems and motivating social change. The three papers - focussed on feminist psychology in the Canadian and United States context, ethnic research in Japan, and peace research in Japan - illustrate what critical psychology brings to theorizing on the respective topics at the intersection of the psychological and the social.
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