By Wahbie Long
This publication represents the 1st try and 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 desires of a quickly altering international.
The chapters move directly to think of the ‘relevance’ debate inside of South African psychology, through significantly analysing discourse of forty-five presidential, keynote and beginning addresses introduced at annual nationwide psychology congresses among 1950 and 2011, and observes how appeals for ‘relevance’ have been complicated via reactionary, innovative and radical psychologists alike.
The publication provides, in addition, the provocative thesis that the innovative quest for ‘social relevance’ that begun within the Nineteen Sixties has been supplanted by way 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, it is a improvement that simply psychologists of sense of right and wrong can arrest.
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A History of “Relevance” in Psychology (Palgrave Studies in the Theory and History of Psychology) by Wahbie Long