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Critical Psychology – ‘Kritische Psychologie’: Challenging environmental behavior change strategies
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
School of Psychology, University of Surrey.
2019 (English)In: Annual Review of Critical psychology, ISSN 1746-739X, E-ISSN 1746-739X, Vol. 16, p. 1375-1413Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Our aim in this paper is to critically discuss a dominant conceptualisation of the individual that informs much of Psychology where it is being applied to behaviour change strategies. Theories and concepts such as the selfish gene, or the tragedy of the commons, we argue, have underpinned much of this research. The underlying assumption of these particular theories is that individuals are independent monads, cut off from societal relations and act in their egocentric interest. We also discuss some of the most influential contributions of Critical Psychology and Environmental Sociology,which criticize such individualistic approaches, arguing that they do not go far enough in rethinking the concept of the individual as a sum of its social relations. The German version of Critical Psychology, Kritische Psychologie, we suggest, provides analternative view of human beings, their actions and capabilities, which can serve as a starting point for thinking and acting differently to create transformative pro-environmental practices.

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2019. Vol. 16, p. 1375-1413
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environmental psychology, behaviour change, selfish individuals, tragedy of the commons, privatised individuals, cooperation, critical psychology, Kritische Psychologie, societal human nature, collective societal control
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-167026OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-167026DiVA, id: diva2:1383775
Available from: 2020-01-08 Created: 2020-01-08 Last updated: 2020-01-08Bibliographically approved

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