Subjectivity in Psychology in the Era of Social Justice

1st Edition

Bethany Morris, Chase Kelly O'Gwin, Amanda Sebasteinne Grant, Sakenya McDonald

Routledge
March 2, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 104 Pages
ISBN 9780367427542 - CAT# 334320
Series: Advances in Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology

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Summary

The notion of social justice permeates much of current Western political and cultural discourse with a newfound urgency. What it means to be socially just is a question Morris et al investigate and interrogate, looking at psychology’s contributions to the subject and considering the practicality of social justice in light of modern subjectivity.

The book begins by examining the lack of equity and inclusivity in education and the ways in which psychology has been complicit in the margninalization of oppressed groups. Drawing upon Lacanian theory, it goes on to discuss how diversity initiatives take on an obsessive-neurotic characteristic that can stifle those it claims to understand and promote .The authors investigate the anxiety around the performance of being socially just or "woke" and suggest how psychology can contribute to the development of socially just humans, more attuned to the needs of others, through the appreciation of interconnectivity and compassion.

An imperative text for scholars and students of philosophical and theoretical psychology, critical psychology, social psychology, psychoanalysis, social work and education.

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