Critical Social Psychology

“Critical Social Psychology encourages researchers to examine how discourses are used to subordinate and silence particular individuals and groups in society.”                                                                         Gough, McFadden, and McDonald (2013, p 23).   In the first part of the paper you focused on the description of yourself or somebody else you know very well, and the situation in this person life that would illustrate some kind of conflict or struggle that you/she/he/they experienced (or is experiencing) due to discrimination or other kind of oppression or social injustice.   In the final paper (1500 word paper, i.e. 5 pages, double spaced), incorporating the first part of the paper and employing the societal dominant and counter-discourses on the given topic (i.e. your example of the oppression, struggle), using Critical Social Psychology perspective discuss and analyze yourself or the person of your choice as she/he, they conform/s, resist/s, challenge/s, or interrogate/s any dominant discourse/s and social practices imposed by the society and culture.   Analysis of these processes will enable you to explain how the person’s self is socially constructed, or as Kirschner and Martin (2010, p 1) point out that the self is “actually made up within, as opposed to merely facilitated by culture and society” and can be understood as relational entity that “emerge[s] out of interactions with others within sociocultural context”. The goal of the paper is to present the self as “a fluid, multiple process embedded in social practices, institutions and discourse, but not completely determined by these – [rather as]constructed, negotiated and defended in relation to other people and in the light of prevailing values and conventions” as suggested by Gough, McFadden, & McDonald (2013, p 161). In your FINAL paper Introduce the topic including your thesis statement. Describe the person, his/her/their struggle including the context of the person’s life, and the example of the struggle. Explain why this is the struggle, and how it is an example of oppression, discrimination or social injustice (i.e. do not just state the person experiences oppression, rather explain why and how is this the case of oppression or discrimination), provide ‘evidence’ and illustrate with examples. If you are writing about somebody else explain what is your relationship with this person. Use at least two course readings discussed in class and apply the work of Critical (Social) Psychology scholars on a given topic, i.e. employ their work in your analysis and discussion. Use at least one additional scholarly work not presented in class in your discussion and provide a digital copy of the article (post on BlackBoard). Introduce a dominant as well as an alternative and counter-discourse/s in your analysis and discussion (e.g. disability as deficit and individual’s characteristic versus disability as socially, spatially and historically constructed) and discuss how these discourses are used to position this person. In the conclusion discuss the differences between traditional and critical social psychology approaches that you used to explain your own or somebody else’s self and self-development. Use APA style (see further details on BB), double spaced, Times New Roman, 12 font, 1 inch margins (as used in this document).

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