Article ID: CBB787439617

Beyond narratives: German critical psychology revisited (2021)


In 2 articles, this journal has presented critical psychology (CP), which emerged in Germany during the 1980s, as an exemplary paradigm that committed itself to both scientific and political objectives and became a victim of Cold-War confrontations. The presentation was mainly based on narratives and writings circulating within CP itself. I have reexamined the case using archival materials and supplementary literary sources. This allows for a more complete and balanced account of postwar psychology and the contemporary political situation in general. In particular, I argue against Teo’s hypothesis that CP was an indigenous paradigm that had to assert itself against American psychology. Marxism, constructivism, and subject orientation are analyzed as principal components of CP, and a claim for sole representation is identified as a predominant reason for the isolation of CP within German psychology. Finally, I briefly report on CP following the collapse of Soviet communism and comment on the present historicization of CP. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2021 APA, all rights reserved)

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Authors & Contributors
Teo, Thomas
Jens Gieseke
Dege, Martin
Bergien, Rüdiger
Jovanovic, Gordana
Martin, Joseph D.
Science and Education
History of Psychology
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte
Technology and Culture
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences Humaines
University of Pittsburgh Press
The MIT Press
Ohio State University
Cold War
Science and politics
Nuclear weapons; atomic weapons
Philosophy and politics
Science and war; science and the military
Reisch, George A.
Oppenheimer, J. Robert
Hook, Sidney
Ameghino, Florentino
Time Periods
20th century, late
20th century
21st century
19th century
United States
Soviet Union
West Germany
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Siemens AG

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