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Debates and Controversies

  • Parul Bansal - Faculty, Department of Psychology, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi.

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February 2019 | 272 pages | SAGE Texts

Psychology: Debates and Controversies is about the contested nature of psychology, one of the most fascinating and important disciplines on the formation of human subjectivity. The book delves into critical debates over numerous key questions. Is psychology a natural science or a social science? Why is quantification and experimental logic so central to psychology? What kind of paradigmatic shift does qualitative research in psychology require? How does one understand an ‘individual in context’? How does psychology understand the gendered basis of subjectivity? What does the medical model tell us about normality and abnormality?

The book reflects upon and interrupts the dominant theories of psychology as told by academic and professional psychologists. It then aids in re-envisioning psychology along pathways that are different from the mainstream. Rather than asking the question ‘which perspective is more valid?’, the work strives to raise the question ‘what is it valid for’, which focuses the attention on the ideological ends and goals of different discourses of psychology.

Why Debate Psychology? An Introduction
Is Psychology a Science?
Should Psychological Research Be Only about Numbers?
What Is ‘Social’ about Social Psychology?
Where Is ‘Culture’ in Psychology?
How Is ‘Gender’ Treated in Psychology?
What Is ‘Abnormal’ in Clinical Psychology?

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ISBN: 9789353280833