Psychology and Social Change Term Paper by Master Researcher

Psychology and Social Change
An exploration of critical psychology as a means of creating social change.
# 39978 | 1,650 words | 7 sources | APA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 16, 2003 in Sociology (General) , Psychology (General)

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This paper explores the role that critical psychology has played in shaping the understanding of social influences upon daily life. For the purposes of this paper, the term social influences is used to describe pervasive social phenomenon such as racial, cultural, and gender- based differences that are manifest both in seen and unforeseen patterns. The paper explores the extent of critical psychology as a discipline and predicts that it will remain a functional tool in the future.

Critical Psychology as a Discipline
The Extent of Critical Psychology as a Discipline

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"In the exploration of social phenomenon, critical psychology is arguably one of the better methods of perception in that is examines the situation in which the phenomenon is manifest as well as the specific forms of human psychology that have some level of impact upon a given situation. (Teo: 1999) In addition, one of the goals of a successful critical psychological study or investigation is also found in the ability to put theory into practice, where the understanding yielded from research has applicable values in terms of creating effective social change. Books such as Rachael Carson's Silent Spring (1962) successfully crossed this divide, demanding that the public perceive the existing empirical data of the harmful effects of pesticide as a means of defining future actions towards the natural environment. A more popular example, however, is in the area of smoking: Some of the earliest explorations into critical psychology occurred in the late 1950 and the 1960s and involved smoking, where the initial assumptions of smoking as having a negative impact on human health are were compared and contrasted against the phenomenon of addiction. The response was a verification of a longstanding myth, where cigarette smoking is both addictive mentally and physically and that the critical psychology approach helps to explore why this addicted response is so very difficult to overcome. (Calhoun: 1995)"

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