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Critical Psychology
Contributions to an Historical Science of the Subject

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Charles W. Tolman, Wolfgang Maiers, Klaus Holzkamp, Ute Holzkamp-Osterkamp, Morus Markard, Ole Dreier, Karl-Heinz Brawn, Frigga Haug
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  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521031004

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  • In this volume, Klaus Holzkamp and his colleagues provide a coherent and broadly elaborated description of Critical Psychology--a theory of the evolution of the social constitution of human consciousness and forms of mental activity--which has been in development in Germany for more than twenty years and constitutes a radical critique and reconstruction of scientific psychology from a dialectical and historical- materialistic point of view. Its aim is to provide a firmer foundation than presently exists for a psychology that is methodologically sound, practically relevant, and theoretically determinate. In this volume, Tolman and Maiers coordinate the contributions of several German psychologists led by Klaus Holzkamp and his colleagues. Infused with theoretical sophistication, the papers detail the implications of Critical Psychology on several fronts: a theory of emotions, forms of psychotherapy, the impact of automation in the workplace, and a theory of learning. Chapters build upon each other, going from general issues of methodology to more specific issues. Critical Psychology: Contributions to an Historical Science of the Subject is the first book to make Critical Psychology accessible to an English-speaking audience. As a central force in the exploration of activity theory, this work will be of interest to cognitive psychologists, developmental psychologists, social anthropologists, and educators.

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    "...will prove to be provocative reading for psychologists interested in the social and historical construction of human consciousness." Harvard Educational Review

    "This is a valuable English-language introduction to the basic concepts of Critical Psychology...." Philip Wexler, Theory and Psychology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521031004
    • length: 284 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 150 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.445kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Critical psychology: an overview Charles W. Tolman
    2. Critical psychology: historical background and task Wolfgang Maiers
    3. Societal and individual life processes Klaus Holzkamp
    4. Experience of self and scientific objectivity Klaus Holzkamp
    5. Psychoanalysis and Marxist psychology Klaus Holzkamp
    6. Emotion, cognition, and action potence Ute Holzkamp-Osterkamp
    7. Action potence, education, and psychotherapy Ute Holzkamp-Osterkamp
    8. Personality: self-actualization in social vacuums? Ute Holzkamp-Osterkamp
    9. The concept of attitude Morus Markard
    10. Client interests and possibilities in psychotherapy Ole Dreier
    11. Play and Ontogenesis Karl-Heinz Brawn
    12. Functions of the private sphere in social movements Frigga Haug

  • Editors

    Charles W. Tolman, University of Victoria, British Columbia

    Wolfgang Maiers, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


    Charles W. Tolman, Wolfgang Maiers, Klaus Holzkamp, Ute Holzkamp-Osterkamp, Morus Markard, Ole Dreier, Karl-Heinz Brawn, Frigga Haug

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