Psychology and the Status Quo

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There is little doubt that psychology has left its imprint on 20th century society. There should also be little doubt that socioeconomic, cultural, and political trends have shaped the methods and content of the discipline to a large extent. However, an alleged immunity to ideological influences within the profession has obstructed an indepth examination of the interaction between social forces and psychology. The penetration of the prevalent ideology in the realm of psychological knowledge often results not only in an uncritical acceptance of the status quo but also in an active endorsement of it. Desiderata for a psychology at the service of social change are considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)795-802
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Psychologist
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1989
Externally publishedYes

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  • Psychology(all)


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