‘Journal of Social and Political Psychology’: A New Forum for Critical Reflections on Psychology?

Vollhardt: Editor

Johanna Ray Vollhardt: Editor

Cohrs: Editor

Christopher Cohrs: Editor

As you know, there aren’t that many journals that are willing to publish critical work in psychology, so one is always intrigued by, and grateful for, any new initiatives. The recently announced Journal of Social and Political Psychology is such an initiative. According to its websiteThe Journal of Social and Political Psychology (JSPP) is a peer-reviewed open-access journal (without author fees). It publishes articles at the intersection of social and political psychology that substantially advance the understanding of social problems, their reduction, and the promotion of social justice. It also welcomes work that focuses on socio-political issues from related fields of psychology (e.g., peace psychology, community psychology, cultural psychology, environmental psychology, media psychology, economic psychology) and encourages submissions with interdisciplinary perspectives.’

Although not devoted to ‘critical psychology’ as such (in fact, critical psychology is not explicitly mentioned in the editorial statement), the journal nevertheless seems to envision itself as a forum where critical work in and about the discipline will be welcomed, and perhaps even supported. Indeed, one of the first calls for papers issued was for a special thematic section on ‘Decolonizing Psychological Science’. This important topic not only speaks to critical psychology concerns in general, but to the more specific concerns routinely addressed on this blog: the ‘provincializing’ or ‘worlding’ of psychology; or, let’s say, the development of ‘southern’ or ‘postcolonial’ psychologies.

The deadline for submissions has unfortunately already come and gone, but the publication of this thematic section is certainly something to look forward to. According to the call: ‘The Cultural Psychology Research Group at the University of Kansas in collaboration with members of the Liberation Psychology Collective at the University of Costa Rica is currently preparing a special thematic section of the Journal of Social and Political Psychology (JSPP) on the theme of “Decolonizing Psychological Science”. It will bring together contributions not just from perspectives of cultural psychology, liberation psychology, or social and political psychology, but also from such related perspectives as community psychology, critical psychology, communication studies, feminist studies, postcolonial studies, and regional or international studies (to name only a few).’

The envisaged publication date of the special section is winter 2013. The northern winter, that is… The journal editors are Christopher Cohrs (Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany) and Johanna Ray Vollhardt (Clark University, USA). We wish them a lot of success with this new venture!

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1 Response to ‘Journal of Social and Political Psychology’: A New Forum for Critical Reflections on Psychology?

  1. Pingback: Now Available: First Edition of Journal of Social and Political Psychology | Southern Psychologies

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