Psychology in Social Context: Issues and Debates provides a critical perspective on debates and controversies that have divided opinion within psychology both past and present. * Explores the history of psychology through examples of classic and contemporary debates that have split the discipline and sparked change, including race and IQ, psychology and gender, ethical issues in psychology, parapsychology and the nature-nurture debate * Represents a unique approach to studying the nature of psychology by combining historical controversies with contemporary debates within the discipline * Sets out a clear view of psychology as a reflexive human science, embedded in and shaped by particular socio-historical contexts * Written in an accessible style using a range of pedagogical features - such as set learning outcomes, self-test questions, and further reading suggestions at the end of each chapter
Philip John Tyson is Director of Studies for Biological and Behavioural Sciences in the Department of Natural and Social Sciences at the University of Gloucestershire. He has a special interest in mental health, neuropsychology and critical psychology. Dai Jones is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Gloucestershire. His interests include psychology in a social context, everyday psychology, and connectionist approaches to cognition. Jonathan Elcock is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Gloucestershire. His current research interests include historical and conceptual issues in psychology, and how psychology interacts with social class.
About the Authors. Preface. 1 The Nature of Psychology. 2 Psychology and Society. 3 Psychology, Intelligence, and IQ. 4 Psychology and Race. 5 Psychology and Women. 6 Beyond Nature Versus Nurture. 7 Psychology in Service to the State. 8 Ethical Standards in Psychology. 9 Personality and Personality Tests. 10 Psychology and Mental Health. 11 Freud and Psychology. 12 Parapsychology. 13 Psychology in Everyday Life. 14 Further Issues in Psychology. 15 Psychology at Issue? Selected Glossary. References. Index.