ABSTRACT

This unique book is an insider account about the discipline of psychology and its limits, introducing key debates in the field of psychology around the world today by closely examining the problematic role the discipline plays as a global phenomenon.

Ian Parker traces the development of ‘critical psychology’ through an auto-ethnographic narrative in which the author is implicated in what he describes, laying bare the nature of contemporary psychology. In five parts, each comprising four chapters, the book explores the student experience, the world of psychological research, how psychology is taught, how alternative critical movements have emerged inside the discipline, and the role of psychology in coercive management practices. Providing a detailed account of how psychology actually operates as an academic discipline, it shows what teaching in higher education and immersion in research communities around the world looks like, and it culminates in an analytic description of institutional crises which psychology provokes.

A reflexive history of psychology’s recent past as a discipline and as a cultural force, this book is an invaluable resource for anyone thinking of taking up a career in psychology, and for those reflecting critically on the role the discipline plays in people’s lives.

chapter |3 pages

Introduction

Control and confession

part Part I|56 pages

Studying psychology

chapter 1|14 pages

Experiments

Cold method

chapter 2|13 pages

Cognition

Sex and race

chapter 3|14 pages

Biology

Performing animals

chapter 4|13 pages

Science

Breaking up madness

part Part II|55 pages

Psychological research

chapter 5|12 pages

Paradigms

Performing student

chapter 6|13 pages

Perception

Boxed beetles

chapter 7|14 pages

Analysis

The continental selection

chapter 8|14 pages

Social

What is a dissertation?

part Part III|62 pages

Teaching psychology

chapter 9|14 pages

Empirical

Mapping the quadrangle

chapter 10|13 pages

Personality

Behaving badly

chapter 11|14 pages

Conflict

War and peace in the subject

chapter 12|19 pages

Discourse

Tall tales about power

part Part IV|63 pages

Going critical

chapter 13|13 pages

Development

Cults and discourse units

chapter 14|15 pages

Psychiatry

On the campus

chapter 15|15 pages

Constructionism

Assessment and appointment

chapter 16|18 pages

Evolutionary

Realistic and critical too

part Part V|79 pages

Institutional crises

chapter 17|18 pages

Quantitative

Administrative and personal

chapter 18|19 pages

Qualitative

Watching them watching us

chapter 19|22 pages

Stress

Discipline and publish

chapter 20|18 pages

Management

Big P and little p