By Wahbie Long
This e-book 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 handle itself to the desires of a speedily altering global.
The chapters move directly to ponder the ‘relevance’ debate inside South African psychology, through seriously analysing discourse of forty-five presidential, keynote and commencing addresses brought at annual nationwide psychology congresses among 1950 and 2011, and observes how appeals for ‘relevance’ have been complicated by means of reactionary, innovative and radical psychologists alike.
The e-book provides, additionally, the provocative thesis that the progressive quest for ‘social relevance’ that started within the Sixties has been supplanted via 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 out relent, this can be a improvement that in simple terms psychologists of sense of right and wrong can arrest.
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The so-called poor white problem had raised con- A HISTORY OF “RELEVANCE” 33 cerns about sexual relations across the color line, which, it was speculated, resulted from the social proximity of poor whites to “the great mass of non-Europeans…. This impairs the tradition which counteracts miscegenation, and the social colour divisions are noticeably weakening” (Grosskopf 1932, p. xx). But whereas the poor white problem led psychologists to demonstrate the social utility of psychometric techniques with extraordinary success (Louw 1986b), it also saw the discipline align itself with the precepts of scientific racism, which served, in turn, the project of racial capitalism (Seedat and MacKenzie 2008).