Main Differences Between Mainstream And Critical Social Psychology

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Since the beginning of Social Psychology, it has been a divided. The most important approaches are two: psychological social psychology (PSP) and sociological social psychology (SSP). The first one is focused on the individual and in the innate determinants of the social behaviour (individuo-centred approach). On the other hand, the second one emphasises the social dimension to the experience, and it is more concerned about the large human collectivities and the cultural determinants of the social behaviour (socio-centre approach). While mainstream social psychology has its roots in PSP, critical social psychology has its roots in the SSP. Both study the same topics from a point of view. Social Psychology rests on three pillars: methodology, ideology and social world. It is there where they are found the main differences between mainstream and critical social psychology. In the next paragraphs, these differences are going to be discussed from a critical point of view. Moreover, it will be exemplified using feminist research. Feminism can be defined as the “social movement that looks for the social, economic and political equality between women and men”. Feminism and critical social psychology have many things in common: they are both unsatisfied with the idea of an objective psychology, use qualitative method and also for them, knowledge is constructed and depends on the context. So they see the individual within society.

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