Critical Questions

“The logic of the human sciences is a logic of the question’ – Hans-Georg Gadamer

The kinds of questions critical psychology scholars explore. What is the nature of the discipline and profession of psychology?

How are questions, methods, and findings interrelated?

What assumptions underpin much of psychological research, theory and practice?

How does psychology around the world differ?

How do globalization and neo-liberalism impact psychology?

How do cultures, history, language, and power contribute to how we understand ourselves and the world around us?

How can we study human phenomena in ways that maintain human dignity, without turning people into mere ‘objects of study’?

How do DSM categories serve to pathologize distress?

What are the benefits and costs of diagnostic labelling and the Categorization of people into types?

What is the relation between psychology and power?

What is the relation between power and how students are taught psychology (e.g., what topics, what methods)?

What role does power play in the conduct of psychological research?

How do social, cultural, and political factors influence knowledge-making in psychology?

How does power operate through the knowledges produced in psychology?

What assumptions does psychology hold/reinforce about gender, sexuality, dis(ability), race and class?

How are politics, power, and society implicated in people’s ‘private’ experiences of distress?

How can psychologists do research that benefits society, combats injustice, and improves peoples’ lives?

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