The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Social Psychology

  • Brendan Gough

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Critical Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Eva Magnusson, Jeanne Marecek
      Pages 17-35
    3. Viv Burr, Penny Dick
      Pages 59-80
    4. Damien W. Riggs, Gareth J. Treharne
      Pages 101-121
    5. Phia S. Salter, Andrea D. Haugen
      Pages 123-145
  4. Critical Methodologies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Darren Langdridge
      Pages 165-183
    3. Michael Murray
      Pages 185-204
    4. Martha Augoustinos
      Pages 205-223
    5. Stephanie Taylor
      Pages 225-241
    6. Virginia Braun, Victoria Clarke, Debra Gray
      Pages 243-266
  5. Rethinking Social Cognition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 267-267
    2. Chris McVittie, Andy McKinlay
      Pages 269-289
    3. Stephen Gibson, Cordet Smart
      Pages 291-318
    4. Keith Tuffin
      Pages 319-344
    5. Irene Bruna Seu
      Pages 345-364
  6. Social Identities/Relations/Conflicts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 387-387
    2. Chris McVittie, Andy McKinlay
      Pages 389-408
    3. Sarah Riley, Adrienne Evans
      Pages 409-431
    4. Majella McFadden
      Pages 433-448
    5. Simon Goodman
      Pages 449-468
    6. Katy Day, Bridgette Rickett, Maxine Woolhouse
      Pages 469-489
    7. Dan Goodley, Rebecca Lawthom, Kirsty Liddiard, Katherine Runswick Cole
      Pages 491-505
  7. Critical Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 531-531
    2. Antonia C. Lyons, Kerry Chamberlain
      Pages 533-555
    3. Steven Coles, Aisling Mannion
      Pages 557-578
    4. Matthew McDonald, David Bubna-Litic
      Pages 597-619
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 643-651

About this book


This handbook is the first to bring together the latest theory and research on critical approaches to social psychological challenges. Edited by a leading authority in the field, this volume further establishes critical social psychology as a discipline of study, distinct from mainstream social psychology. The handbook explains how critical approaches to social processes and phenomena are essential to fully understanding them, and covers the main research topics in basic and applied social psychology, including social cognition, identity and social relations, alongside overviews of the main theories and methodologies that underpin critical approaches.

This volume features a range of leading authors working on key social psychological issues, and highlights a commitment to a social psychology which shuns psychologisation, reductionism and neutrality. It provides invaluable insight into many of the most pressing and distressing issues we face in modern society, including the migrant and refugee crises affecting Europe; the devaluing of black lives in the USA; and the poverty, ill-health, and poor mental well-being that has resulted from ever-increasing austerity efforts in the UK. 

Including sections on critical perspectives, critical methodologies, and critical applications, this volume also focuses on issues within social cognition, self and identity. This one-stop handbook is an indispensable resource for a range of academics, students and researchers in the fields of psychology and sociology, and particularly those with an interest in social identity, power relations, and critical interventions.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Brendan Gough
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Social SciencesLeeds Beckett UniversityLeedsUnited Kingdom

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