Annual Review of Critical Psychology

Annual Review of Critical Psychology (ARCP) is an international peer review open access publication developing varieties of critical research concerned with language, subjectivity and practice.

Editorial Board

ARCP 1: Foundations (1999)

Editor: Ian Parker

What are the necessary prerequisites for critical work in different areas of the discipline? What theoretical and methodological resources do we already have at hand for good critical practice? What are the conceptual and institutional foundations for critical psychology?

ARCP 2: Action Research (2000)

Editors: Dan Goodley and Ian Parker

How can we change the world through varieties of action research? What is the role of critical-practical-theoretical interventions which include conscientization, cultural destabilization, education inclusion campaigns, feminist research, mental health intervention, practical deconstruction and radical therapeutic activities? How does psychology need to change to be up to the task?

ARCP 3: Anti-Capitalism (2003)

Editors: Melancholic Troglodytes

Starting from a naïve position (that critical psychology can benefit the anti-capitalist movement) this issue gradually gravitates towards querying both ‘Critical Psychology’ and the ‘anti-capitalist movement’. The questionnaire and discussion sections (before and after the presentation of the main text) are intended to foreground the issue of class.

ARCP 4: Feminism and Activisms (2005)

Editors: Alexandra Zavos, Barbara Biglia, Jude Clark and Johanna Motzkau

Interventions in the ways in which the exchange between feminist, activist and other critical practices and discourses can serve as a particular site for the deconstruction (and reconstruction) of dominant hierarchies of power and privilege across the socio-cultural spectrum broaching the broad question of the nature of social change.

ARCP 5: Critical Psychology in a Changing World: Contributions from different geo-political regions (2006)

Editors: Manolis Dafermos, Athanasios Marvakis and Sofia Triliva

What is the difference between forms of ‘critical psychology’ in various cultural-political contexts? What can we learn about ‘critical psychology’ in different traditions? What resources are there for challenging the homogenisation of contemporary ‘critical psychology’ from around the globe?

ARCP 6: Globalisation, Migration & Asylum: The Peril of the Alien and the Safety of the Familiar (2008)

Editors: Jane Callaghan and Rose Capdevila

This issue of the Annual Review of Critical Psychology is devoted to critical work around globalisation and two of its emergent progeny: migration and asylum. The papers included in this issue engage with the questions that arise around how we might theorise, understand and engage with the varying instantiations and positionings of these phenomena critically.

ARCP 7: Lacan and Critical Psychology (2009)

Editor: Carol Owens

This issue of the Annual Review of Critical Psychology mobilises an exploration and consideration of the utility of Lacan’s psychoanalysis for critical psychology in particular, and for critical research/theory/practice in general. As such, contributors to this issue tease out the problematics and the potentialities involved in such a project. A framework is imposed according to which the reader may refer in their engagement with the work herein.

ARCP 8: Psychologisation under Scrutiny (2010)

Editors: Ángel Gordo and Jan De Vos

This issue represents a collaborative effort to continue unravelling the modern, and ever expanding, tendency to manage non-psychological issues in psychological terms. The most important challenge, here, lies in probing the boundaries between the non-psychological and the psychological and exploring ways to transcend them. For, if today it seems that there no outside of psychology and psychologization, the question seems to have become: are we lost in psychologisation? These are questions and dilemmas that are shared by the contributors in this issue, whether they focus on the foundations and exemplifying logics of psychologisation and the legal and institutional bases (Part I), or envisage strategies and actions to render visible the socio-political investments behind psychologisation processes (de-psychologised) as a powerful syntax of neoliberal language (Part II). The debate is still open. Each of the articles in this issue can be classified as an attempt to realize a critique of psychologisation beyond its deadlocks.

ARCP 9: Marxism and Psychology (2011)

Editor: Michael Arfken

This issue of the Annual Review of Critical Psychology (ARCP) explores issues that emerge at the intersection of Marxist scholarship and psychological practice. Given the ongoing global financial crisis, it seems like an appropriate time to reflect on the role that modern psychological research and practice play both in reproducing and in legitimizing one of the dominant features of modern society. We hope that the articles in this issue will persuade scholars, students, and activists that Marxism remains a potent tool for interrogating the economic and political foundations of modern psychology. It should be noted that the papers included in this issue were originally presented at the first Marxism and Psychology Conference held at the University of Prince Edward Island in August of 2010.

ARCP 10: Critical Psychology in a Changing World: Building Bridges and Expanding the Dialogue (2013)

Editors: Manolis Dafermos, Athanasios Marvakis, Mihalis Mentinis, Desmond Painter & Sofia Triliva

This issue of the Annual Review of Critical Psychology is devoted to critical work around the world. This journey began in 2006 with ARCP 5: Critical Psychology in a Changing World. In this leg of the journey, the 49 papers of this issue will take the reader on a very informative tour around the globe, visiting psychological scholarship in places such as Aotearoa-New Zealand, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba, Denmark, Flandern, France, German Speaking countries, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latin America, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Nigeria, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, and USA.

ARCP 11: Gender and Sexuality (2014)

Editors: Ilana Mountian, Jemma Tosh, Marco Aurélio Máximo Prado and Suryia Nayak

This issue focus on gender and sexuality is formed by a number of articles on diverse themes and theoretical perspectives. This diversity is seen in relation to the themes, approaches and also from papers from different geographical locations (and in different languages). This broad scope allowed for a plethora of perspectives, also pointing to the importance of intersectional work for critical perspectives, hence, the papers considered key social categories in their analysis, such as gender, sexuality, class, race, age and disability, and many of them accounted for intersections of social categories in their analysis.

ARCP 12: Marxism & Psychology II (2015)

Editors: Desmond Painter, David Pavón-Cuéllar and Leonardo Moncada

This 2015 issue of the Annual Review of Critical Psychology (ARCP 12) is compiled from papers originally presented at the Second Conference of Marxism and Psychology held in Morelia, Mexico, from 9-11 August 2012. The global crisis continues, and it is more urgent than ever to explore issues that emerge at the intersection of Marxist scholarship and psychological practice.


Editor: Ian Parker

This special issue of Annual Review of Critical Psychology comprises papers by participants at an international meeting of the Discourse Unit in June 2017. Participants, including these contributors, have, at different points in their careers, intersected with the work of the Discourse Unit since 1990, either as academic colleagues, postgraduate students, postdoctoral visitors, external examiners, or co-authors or co-editors on joint publications. The June 2017 meeting in Manchester University was designed to collectively take stock of a variety of different conceptual, methodological and practical projects, and to discuss the very different directions our work has taken from our first encounters with ‘discourse’ and our meetings together. These papers were gathered together with the primary aim of facilitating this discussion among ourselves, and they together provide a window on the range of work produced in and alongside the Discourse Unit over the last thirty years; other strands of work are represented in other special issues of ARCP.