'Psychologists, Peace & Conflict'

'Psychologists, Peace & Conflict'

Series Name Psychology Cultures Seminar
Speaker Dr Ron Roberts, Kingston University
Type Lectures & Talks
When 15 Jun 2015, 02:30PM - 04:30PM
Venue Ken Edwards Building
Open To University staff and students
For Bookings Contact Carl Gudgeon cmg16@le.ac.uk

A good deal of social psychological theory has been concerned with issues concerning conflict and conflict reduction (e.g. social identity theory, realistic conflict theory, contact hypothesis). Despite the wide acceptance of these perspectives they have little demonstrable ecological validity once we step outside the laboratory. Psychology’s contributions to peace are further complicated by their long standing allegiance to the military – both here and across the Atlantic –a stance which is in turn premised on support for the capitalist status quo. In addition, and not unrelated to the aforementioned issues, there are problems stemming from a disciplinary stance which decontextualizes human behaviour and privileges psychological data above others (e.g. historical, sociological, political, economic). The talk will consider these (and other issues) and assess the possibilities for psychologists and psychology as a discipline to contribute to a more just world.

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