Critical Social Psychology: An Introduction

Critical Social Psychology: An IntroductionWhat can critical social psychology teach us about our sense of identity? How have psychosocial and feminist approaches challenged our understanding of subjectivity? Where is this complex and fast-moving field heading?   This new edition of Critical Social Psychology addresses these questions and more, providing important insight into social psychology. Thoroughly updated and revised, it clearly outlines approaches such as social constructionism and psychoanalysis, and explains how these ideas…

March 15, 2013

Critical Psychology: An Introduction

Critical Psychology: An IntroductionElectronic Inspection Copy available for instructors here`Do read this book – it will refresh you if you have not come across critical psychology before. If you are already “critical”, this is an excellent, up-to-date overview of the area’ – THE (Times Higher Education) ‘An excellent book in all respects – compulsory reading for scholars interested in a socio-political contextual analysis of complex human behaviour’ -Professor David F Marks, City University, London  ‘The arrival of a Second Ed…

March 17, 2014

Critical Media Studies: An Introduction

Critical Media Studies: An IntroductionFully revised to reflect today’s media environment, this new edition of Critical Media Studies offers students a comprehensive introduction to the field and demonstrates how to think critically about the power and influence of media in our daily lives. Presents an engaging and comprehensive introduction to a broad range of critical approaches to the field written in an accessible way Features a new chapter on sociological analysis that reveals how audiences use media in their everyday lives …


An Introduction to Critical Social Psychology

An Introduction to Critical Social PsychologyWhat is critical social psychology? In what ways can social psychology be progressive or radical? How can it be involved in political critique and reconstruction? Is social psychology itself the problem? Critical social psychology offers a confusing array of diverse answers to these questions. This book cuts through the confusion by revealing the very different assumptions at work in this fast growing field. A critical approach depends on a range of often-implicit theories of society, knowledge…

January 1, 2003

The Art of Deception: An Introduction to Critical Thinking

The Art of Deception: An Introduction to Critical ThinkingCan you tell when you’re being deceived?This classic work on critical thinking — now fully updated and revised — uses a novel approach to teach the basics of informal logic. On the assumption that “it takes one to know one,” the authors have written the book from the point of view of someone who wishes to deceive, mislead, or manipulate others. Having mastered the art of deception, readers will then be able to detect the misuse or abuse of logic when they encounter it in others — whether i…

April 3, 2007

Conspiracy Theories: A Critical Introduction

Conspiracy Theories: A Critical IntroductionThrough a series of specific questions that cut to the core of conspiracism as a global social and cultural phenomenon this book deconstructs the logic and rhetoric of conspiracy theories and analyses the broader social and psychological factors that contribute to their persistence in modern society….

June 30, 2015

Psychoanalysis: A Critical Introduction

Psychoanalysis: A Critical IntroductionPsychoanalysis: A Critical Introduction is a clearly written and accessible introduction to the main schools of psychoanalysis and the practice of psychotherapy. Unusually, it is written by an academic sociologist specializing in social theory who is also a practising psychotherapist. Craib emphasizes the complexity of psychoanalysis — an approach that works at many different levels. The unique contribution of this perspective is to understand the creativity of the individual. Psychoanalyis is …


The Dress of Women: A Critical Introduction to the Symbolism and Sociology of Clothing

The Dress of Women: A Critical Introduction to the Symbolism and Sociology of ClothingOriginally serialized in 1915 in The Forerunner, and never before published in book form, The Dress of Women presents Gilman’s feminist sociological analysis of clothing in modern society. Gilman explores the social and functional basis for clothing, excavates the symbolic role of women’s clothing in patriarchal societies, and, among other things, explicates the aesthetic and economic principles of socially responsible clothing design. The introduction, by Hill and Deegan, situates The Dress of …


Media, Minorities, and Meaning: A Critical Introduction

Media, Minorities, and Meaning: A Critical IntroductionThis book is an examination of how American mass media, including advertising, presents Otherness – anyone or anything constructed as different from an established norm – in terms of gender, race, sex, disabilities, and other markers of difference. Using a mythological lens, the book looks below the surface of media content to explore the psychological, social, and economic underpinnings of a system of beliefs that result in prejudice, discrimination, and oppression. Designed to raise awaren…


Zizek: A Critical Introduction

Zizek: A Critical IntroductionZizek is hailed as the most significant interdisciplinary thinker of modern times. His work is a powerful, often explosive combination of Lacanian psychoanalysis and philosophy which tests key psychoanalytical concepts against the ideas of major European thinkers, especially Hegel. It has ignited enthusiasm and stimulated new approaches across a vast range of disciplines, and seems to be attracting an ever-growing readership. In part, this is because Zizek himself has a panoramic range of intere…

March 3, 2003