The Psychology of Radical Social Change: From Rage to Revolution
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- Item Weight : 1.23 pounds
- Hardcover : 306 pages
- Dimensions : 6.36 x 0.81 x 9.15 inches
- ISBN-10 : 1108421628
- ISBN-13 : 978-1108421621
- Publisher : Cambridge University Press (April 3, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,382,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book’s method is to take historical events and then apply ideas from the foundations of psychology. They do so either labouring the point or casually offer something before moving on. Often the authors include their own analogies, perhaps to increase engagement. This fails as their understanding of the historical event is very shallow. The authors of Chapter 13 (image included) acknowledge this in that the book is limited by their expertise and discipline. Yet there was no reason why this should not be the case. If they are to draw upon historical case studies, one might have an expectation they would have the skills to engage in wider reading around the cases, before progressing to their views. Also problematic, is that the authors are not explicit about their own politics, which leads to selective choices of theory and interpretations which are obviously wonky.
Would not recommend this book, am sorry I bought it and deserve a medal for reading it all the way through. I would recommend the now defunct, but classic MANAS Journal (archive available online) as a better example of the application of psychological theory on the topic of radical social change.