By Wahbie Long
This publication represents the 1st try to historicise and theorise appeals for ‘relevance’ in psychology. It argues that the endurance of questions about the ‘relevance’ of psychology derives from the discipline’s terminal lack of ability to outline its material, its reliance on a socially disinterested technological know-how to underwrite its wisdom claims, and its consequent failure to deal with itself to the wishes of a quickly altering international.
The chapters cross directly to think about the ‘relevance’ debate inside South African psychology, through significantly analysing discourse of forty-five presidential, keynote and beginning addresses added at annual nationwide psychology congresses among 1950 and 2011, and observes how appeals for ‘relevance’ have been complicated by means of reactionary, innovative and radical psychologists alike.
The ebook provides, in addition, the provocative thesis that the innovative quest for ‘social relevance’ that all started within the Sixties has been supplanted by means of an ethic of ‘market relevance’ that threatens to isolate the self-discipline nonetheless farther from the anxieties of broader society. With strong curiosity teams carrying on with to co-opt psychologists with no relent, this can be a improvement that basically psychologists of sense of right and wrong can arrest.
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In 1965, Yao Wenyuan—the Communist Party’s propaganda chief and one of the notorious Gang of Four—wrote an article under the pseudonym Ge Mingren (“The Revolutionist”) that dismissed psychology as bourgeois gobbledygook and led to its eventual banning (Petzold 1987). 171); it was only at the 1978 Baoding meeting of the CPS that the discipline’s standing was restored. The remarkable collapse of psychology in the face of the Cultural Revolution has been attributed to the discipline’s susceptibility to political influence (Ridley 1976 cited in Petzold 1987).
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A History of “Relevance” in Psychology by Wahbie Long