Contemporary Populism

  • Carl RatnerEmail author
Part of the Critical Theory and Practice in Psychology and the Human Sciences book series (CTPPHS)


This chapter utilizes our cultural-historical psychology and Liberation Psychology, and their concepts about effective liberation, to evaluate populist social movements. These include women rights, humanism, racial justice, and socialism. Populist movements are generally found to be inadequate. The reason is that they do not challenge the fundaments of society. They focus on challenging subjective factors and interpersonal interactions. We see how populist conceptions of emancipation generate a cultural psychology of perceptions, emotions, and reasoning. We document how socialist movements are adopting populist views of emancipation. Naomi Klein’s and Richard Wolff’s views on emancipation are similarly populist.


Populism Subjectivism Cooperatives Socialism Fascism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Cultural Research and EducationTrinidadUSA

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