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Basic and applied research in psychology education and training: South Africa as a case study


Introduction The development of psychology as a discipline and profession in South Africa has been intricately related to the country’s history of race and racism. Various publications have refl ected on the question of how a discipline ostensibly intended for the promotion of human well-being responded to the injustices that pervaded South African society for most of the twentieth century (Duncan et al., 2001). After the public acknowledgement of the complicity of psychology with apartheid at the 1994 national psychology conference which saw the demise of the previous white professional society and the launch of a new non-racial organization, the Psychological Society of South Africa, any claim to being a neutral science was shattered irreversibly.