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Cultural and Community Psychology

Within Cultural & Community Psychology, our research is focused on:

  • Analyzing social contexts and socially-shared meanings

  • Critically examining issues of marginalization and integration

Our work with these interwoven strands involves exposing assumptions and understandings that are taken-for-granted.

Socially-Shared Meanings

Through the analysis of discourse and social contexts, our research examines the practices that people engage in, how they live with given social circumstances, and how they make sense of their lives. We treat both psychology and society as objects of study, examining how psychology shapes and is shaped by social contexts, systems and discourses; how psychology operates in people’s everyday lives; how we understand ourselves and others.

Marginalization and Integration

We are interested in the possibilities and constraints that condition day-to-day living, with particular focus on the implications of marginalization and integration in society. We undertake critical analyses by making explicit the unspoken and the taken-for-granted assumptions of academic as well as everyday life. Our research involves questioning the processes through which normative and marginalized possibilities are established and maintained, and engaging with the social justice implications of such processes. Community psychology constitutes an integrative theoretical framework.

Research Topics

Paying close attention to issues of minoritisation and social justice means having a pluralistic approach to research methods, and favouring methodologies that avoid othering. Examples of current topic areas are:

  • wellbeing

  • childhood and youth,

  • ideological changes in society

Current research within the group involves analyzing ‘Wellbeing’ (as concept) and wellbeing (as lived experience), with a view to offering a richer and more critical conceptualization of a term that is extremely important to psychology and human lives, but is usually poorly defined.

Another key research thread within the group involves interrogating developmental and essentialising assumptions that often underpin childhood. This research will offer fresh insights into the relationships between childhood and minoritisation, the care and presumed vulnerability of children, and the role that psychology can play in informing thinking about childhood.

Changes in societal ideologies and ideological shifts in public discourses over the past decades are being mapped out by the group. In particular, influences of globalizing neoliberalism in societies with different historical and cultural backgrounds have been identified and compared.

Research projects:

Published Apr. 12, 2013 1:11 PM - Last modified Apr. 10, 2017 10:16 AM