Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Teo

Recognition Versus Redistribution

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5583-7_633


The emergence of a worldview oriented towards the celebration of cultural diversity and a politics of multiculturalism has brought into focus a variety of issues related to individual, social, and cultural identity. Within the discipline of psychology, much of this interest has been translated into experimental research programs designed to identify causal factors that contribute to both individual and group identity. At the same time, critical psychologists have not only continued to challenge the cultural and political dimensions of the experimental paradigm, they have sought to interrogate the various essentialisms that plague identity research in particular. Despite these important differences between orthodox and critical scholars, both agree that the concept of identity plays a central role in an increasingly multicultural world.


By placing identity at the center of these discussions, scholars have tended to treat social justice as a progressive recognition...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Prince Edward IslandCharlottetownCanada