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Critical psychology has developed over time from different standpoints, and in different cultural contexts, embracing a variety of perspectives. This cutting-edge and comprehensive handbook values and reflects this diversity of approaches to critical psychology today, providing a definitive state-of-the-art account of the field and an opening to the lines of argument that will take it forward in the years to come.

The individual chapters by leading and emerging scholars plot the development of a critical perspective on different elements of the host discipline of psychology. The book begins by systematically addressing each separate specialist area of psychology, before going on to consider how aspects of critical psychology transcend the divisions that mark the discipline. The final part of the volume explores the variety of cultural and political standpoints that have made critical psychology such a vibrant contested terrain of debate.

The Handbook of Critical Psychology represents a key resource for researchers and practitioners across all relevant disciplines. It will be of particular interest to students and researchers in psychology, psychosocial studies, sociology, social anthropology and cultural studies, and to discourse analysts of different traditions, including those in critical linguistics and political theory.

chapter |9 pages


Principles and positions

part |248 pages

Varieties of psychology and critique

part |91 pages

The mainstream

chapter |9 pages

Quantitative methods

Science means and ends

chapter |9 pages

Cognitive psychology

From the bourgeois individual to class struggle

chapter |10 pages


Radical behaviourism and critical inquiry

chapter |9 pages


Being moved beyond the mainstream

chapter |9 pages

Biological and evolutionary psychologies

The limits of critical psychology

chapter |9 pages


Technology, commodity and pathology

chapter |9 pages

Developmental psychology

The turn to deconstruction

chapter |9 pages

Social psychology

A commentary on organizational research

chapter |8 pages

Abnormal psychology

A psychology of disorders

chapter |8 pages

Forensic psychology

Clinical and critical

part |105 pages

Radical attempts to question the mainstream

chapter |10 pages

Qualitative methods

Critical practices and prospects from a diverse field

chapter |10 pages

Theoretical psychology

A critical-philosophical outline of core issues

chapter |10 pages

Humanistic psychology

A critical counter culture

chapter |8 pages

Political psychology

Critical approaches to power

chapter |10 pages

Community psychology

Subjectivity, power, collectivity

chapter |9 pages

Counselling psychology

Critical achievements, possibilities, and limitations

chapter |9 pages

Health psychology

Towards critical psychologies for well-being and social justice

chapter |9 pages

Black psychology

Resistance, reclamation, and redefinition

chapter |9 pages

Psychology of women

Questions of politics and practice

part |48 pages

Adjacent parts of psy-complex

chapter |9 pages

Alienists and alienation

Critical psychiatry in search of itself

chapter |9 pages


Agents of change or maintenance men?

chapter |9 pages

Education and psychology

Change at last?

chapter |10 pages

Social work

Oppression and resistance

chapter |9 pages


And pop psychology

part |66 pages

Varieties of critical psychology

chapter |10 pages

Activity theory

Theory and practice

chapter |10 pages

Kritische Psychologie

Psychology from the standpoint of the subject

chapter |9 pages


The foundations of critical psychology

chapter |9 pages

Deleuzian perspectives

Schizoanalysis and the politics of desire

chapter |10 pages

Discursive psychology

Key tenets, some splits, and two examples

part |129 pages

Standpoints and perspectives on psychology and critical psychology

part |68 pages


chapter |10 pages

Feminist psychology

Researches, interventions, challenges

chapter |9 pages

Queer theory

Disarticulating critical psychology

chapter |8 pages

Liberation psychology

Another kind of critical psychology

chapter |10 pages

Postcolonial theory

Towards a worlding of critical psychology

part |59 pages


chapter |9 pages

Critical psychology in Africa

The impossible task

chapter |9 pages

Critical psychology and the American continent

From colonization and domination to liberation and emancipation

chapter |10 pages

Critical psychology in the Arab world

Insights from critical community psychology in the Palestinian colonial context

chapter |9 pages

‘Critical psychology in Asia'

Four fundamental concepts

chapter |10 pages

European critical psychological trends

An open road to psychological recidivism

chapter |10 pages

South Pacific

Tensions of space in our place