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'Product placement' to widening participation in psychology: the case for culture

By Patrick Hylton


The case is made that psychology, and the British Psychological Society in particular, should make culture\ud in all it guises (multiculturalism, diversity, ethnicities, gender, sexuality, class) part of the core curriculum\ud of undergraduate degrees. It is suggested that this could increase participation by Black and Minority\ud Ethnic groups (BME) because psychology is a self-reflecting discipline and its diversification will provide\ud role models, representation and visibility that impact on people’s motivations, sense of identity and\ud belonging. It is argued that the product of psychology presently is ‘culturally cleansed psychology’ which is\ud partly a by-product of positivistic science epistemic motives that are implicitly conservative in nature.\ud Placing psychology’s ‘product’ in culture would increase the palatability of what we ‘give away’ by making\ud this ‘product’ more suitable for a multi-cultured world and a multicultural society, and hence add to the\ud betterment of the everyday, civil life of society

Topics: C800 Psychology, X990 Education not elsewhere classified, C890 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Publisher: British Psychological Society
Year: 2010
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