Activity: Talk or presentation › Academic conference
Psychology as a discipline has drawn heavily from the principles and methodologies of the natural sciences, relying on quantitative methods and notions of objectivity to position itself as a science free from the influences of politics and power. Yet, psychology and science are inseparable from social and political influences and are open to subjective interpretations and applications, often operating in ways that reinforce the status quo. Through an examination of institutional racism in research, curricula, and practice, this presentation explores the whiteness and racism of psychological knowledge. In particular, taken-for-granted assumptions and subjective interpretations in educational and child psychology are critiqued, and the implications of these for wider practice and experience interrogated.