Political Contamination of Social Psychology: A Review of Crawford and Jussim’s (2017) Edited Book on The Politics of Social Psychology
Social psychology is a field currently dominated by liberals (Duarte et al., 2015). Though this imbalance should not be an issue because one’s political orientation (along with age, gender, sexuality, religious views and other individual differences) should not influence how researchers conduct science, this is arguably not the case in social psychology. “The Politics of Social Psychology,” edited by Jarett Crawford and Lee Jussim, contains 15 chapters that outline the potential methodological and discriminatory drawbacks of politicized social psychology. Although we discuss some shortcomings of the book below, taken in total, this book provides stellar analyses on how the current political climate has the potential to contaminate research and fuel ideological-based discrimination within the field.
In social psychology research, there are abundant liberal narratives and liberal agendas. Is the fact that the field is overwhelmingly liberal inherently a “bad” thing? No. Science does not...
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