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Palgrave Studies in the Theory and History of Psychology

A History of “Relevance” in Psychology

Authors: Long, Wahbie

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This book represents the first attempt to historicise and theorise appeals for ‘relevance’ in psychology. It argues that the persistence of questions about the ‘relevance’ of psychology derives from the discipline’s terminal inability to define its subject matter, its reliance on a socially disinterested science to underwrite its knowledge claims, and its consequent failure to address itself to the needs of a rapidly changing world.

The chapters go on to consider  the ‘relevance’ debate within South African psychology, by critically analysing discourse of forty-five presidential, keynote and opening addresses delivered at annual national psychology congresses between 1950 and 2011, and observes how appeals for ‘relevance’ were advanced by reactionary, progressive and radical psychologists alike.

The book presents, moreover, the provocative thesis that the revolutionary quest for ‘social relevance’ that began in the 1960s has been supplanted by an ethic of ‘market relevance’ that threatens to isolate the discipline still further from the anxieties of broader society. With powerful interest groups continuing to co-opt psychologists without relent, this is a development that only psychologists of conscience can arrest.                                                                                     

About the authors

Wahbie Long is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and a Mandela Mellon Fellow of the Hutchins Center at Harvard University, USA.                                                            

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“Long’s work calls for a critical reflection and historical analysis of our psychological concepts and ways of framing the value of psychology more generally. … The reader is rewarded with a clear demonstration of the potential insights yielded from critical discursive analysis and a convincing call to explore the larger historical and cultural context that shapes psychological theories and practice.” (Brian W. Becker and Heather Macdonald, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 62 (6), February, 2017)          
                                                              

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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eBook 74,96 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-47488-9
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A History of “Relevance” in Psychology
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the Theory and History of Psychology
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-47489-6
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-47489-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-47488-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 222
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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