Using current socio-political thought and research, this book examines topics such as violence, social and political transition, race and racism, and sexualities. Theoretical and empirical research are related to topical problems, highlighting the complex relations of individuals to their societies and to one another. The histories and complexities of problems and their interconnectedness are examined, and possible solutions are suggested. Special attention is paid to class, sexuality, gender, and race, making psychology in general, and social psychology in particular, relevant and exciting.
Kopano Ratele lectures in social psychology, research methodology, and the psychology of men at the University of the Western Cape, Norman Duncan is Associate Professor at the Institute for Social and Health Sciences at the University of South Africa and is currently the editor of the South African Journal of Psychology.
Part 1: Contexts and concepts - 1 Introduction: A Psychology of a Society - 2 Social Psychology and Research Methods - Part 2: Race, Racism, and Identities - 3 Racism: A Social Psychological Perspective - 4 Race, Racism and the Media - 5 Bodies, apartheid and national freedom - 6 Frantz Fanon and racial identity in (post) colonial contexts - From social activism to active socialites: black adolescent identity development during and after apartheid - Identify dynamics and the politics of self-definition - Part 3: Intimacy, inequality, and gendered violence - Women abuse: a critical review - Gender inequality, family relationships and the so-called passion crime - Black women's identities - Mixed relations - Part 4: Sexualities and masculinities: histories and future possibilities - Historical representations of 'race', masculinity and homosexuality - Lesbianism - Heterosexuality - Part 5: Psychology and the political, the social and leadership - Political leadership in the context of reconciliation - Street children - Understanding and preventing violence: from description and analysis to social action