Toward a Socially Responsible Psychology for a Global Era

  • Elena Mustakova-Possardt
  • Mikhail Lyubansky
  • Michael Basseches
  • Julie Oxenberg

Part of the International and Cultural Psychology book series (ICUP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Central Dimensions of Rethinking a Socially Responsible Psychology for a Global Era

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Elena Mustakova-Possardt, Julie Oxenberg
      Pages 3-20
    3. Elena Mustakova-Possardt, Michael Basseches, Julie Oxenberg, Ian Hansen
      Pages 21-46
    4. Kenneth J. Gergen, Michael Basseches
      Pages 47-64
    5. Elena Mustakova-Possardt, John Woodall
      Pages 91-119
    6. Elena Mustakova-Possardt, Julie Oxenberg
      Pages 121-147
  3. Pressing Global Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Harry Murray, Mikhail Lyubansky, Kit Miller, Lilyana Ortega
      Pages 151-182
    3. Mikhail Lyubansky, Carla D. Hunter
      Pages 183-205
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 277-289

About this book


The progression is a logical one: in keeping with an era noted for advances toward greater equality and an irreversible trend toward globalization--but also marked with bigotry, persecution, and environmental destruction-- psychology has developed the potential to heal large populations as well as individuals.   

Toward a Socially Responsible Psychology for a Global Era describes the changes necessary to address the systemic problems affecting an increasingly distressed world. This path-breaking resource challenges readers to rethink the basic and implicit assumptions of psychology, reframing the field in terms of its responsibility as a healing science and force for social justice, and elucidates the context that makes this paradigm shift so necessary. Contributors analyze not only central issues shaping the field, but a practical framework for a redefined discipline, with concepts such as socially responsible inquiry and clinical practice, and strategies for working with like-minded communities and institutions toward key objectives, among them: 

  • Achieving a sustainable future.
  • Developing clinical practice suited to a global community.
  • Attaining global consciousness in the context of societal health.
  • Overcoming racism, sexism, and poverty.
  • Healing the causes of human suffering and environmental harm.
  • Conceptualizing and actualizing justice restoratively.
  • Achieving a psychology of nonviolence.

A volume with a clear moral vision, Toward a Socially Responsible Psychology for a Global Era is an affirmation of purpose and a call to action for psychologists to bring greater relevance to their profession towards building a shared just, humane and sustainable future



Index of Social Health World Heaalth World Health Organization action research methodologies corporate globalization eco systems economic justice ecosystems ethnic discrimination global community globally competent human consciousness interpersonal and inter-group conflict medical model psychology of non-violence scapegoating social activism social breakdown syndrome

Editors and affiliations

  • Elena Mustakova-Possardt
    • 1
  • Mikhail Lyubansky
    • 2
  • Michael Basseches
    • 3
  • Julie Oxenberg
    • 4
  1. 1.Health Realization Psychotherapy & ConsultingArlingtonUSA
  2. 2.Dept. of PsychologyUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbanaUSA
  3. 3.Dept. of PsychologySuffolk UniversityLexingtonUSA
  4. 4.CambridgeUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-7390-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-7391-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1574-0455
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