Introduction: Advancing Dialogues Between Critical Psychology and Cultural-Historical Theory

  • Marilyn FleerEmail author
  • Fernando González Rey
  • Peter E. Jones
Part of the Perspectives in Cultural-Historical Research book series (PCHR, volume 8)


This chapter sets up the dialogue that the subsequent book chapters will advance through the empirical and theoretical discussions of individual chapter authors. We also elaborate further on the rationale of and the background to this book. The key idea for this chapter is to introduce the broad traditions in psychological theorising – ‘cultural-historical’ and ‘critical’. The respective standpoints and priorities are presented in the context of an emerging fragmentation of psychology as a discipline. Importantly, this chapter features the common ground and shared goals so that a dialogue opens for new and innovative ideas. Links to the content of the book will be integrated through the shared and dramatic tensions that together move the field of psychology forward and beyond fragmentation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marilyn Fleer
    • 1
    Email author
  • Fernando González Rey
    • 2
  • Peter E. Jones
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of EducationMonash UniversityFrankstonAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of Education and Health SciencesUniversity Center of BrasiliaBrasilia-DFBrazil
  3. 3.Department of HumanitiesSheffield Hallam UniversitySheffieldUK

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