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Critical Psychology

Derek Hook (ed)
University of Capt Town Press (March 2004)

Critical Psychology is an orientation towards psychological knowledge and practice that seeks to foreground the political responsibilities of psychology. It seeks to interrogate the role of psychological discourse in society, and to show up the relations of power routinely implemented by the discipline of psychology. 

This text offers a wide ranging introduction to critical psychology with a special focus on the socio-political context of post-apartheid South Africa. It expands upon the theoretical resources usually referred to in the field - Marxism, psychoanalysis, feminism, Post-structuralism and Africanist forms of criticism. 

Critical Psychology contains a wealth of material, exploring critical perspectives on psychology from a variety of theoretical and practical perspectives. It features focus chapters on racism, community development, HIV/Aids, and African perspectives on psychology. This text will prove useful both to newcomers and to those who have thus far approached critical psychology from only a British or North American perspective. 

Derek Hook is a lecturer in social psychology at LSE. He co-edited Psychopathology and Social Prejudice (2002) and Development Psychology (2002), both University of Cape Town Press titles.