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Type: Journal article
Title: Challenging the monoculturalism of psychology: towards a more socially accountable pedagogy and practice
Author: Riggs, D.
Citation: Australian Psychologist, 2004; 39(2):118-126
Publisher: Australian Psychological Soc
Issue Date: 2004
ISSN: 0005-0067
1742-9544
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Responsibility: 
Damien W. Riggs
Abstract: In this paper I employ the notion of a “socially accountable psychology” (Davidson, 1998) to explore the whiteness of psychological epistemologies. I suggest that within a multicultural society psychology needs to develop an understanding of the ways that white systems of representation shape pedagogy and practice. In order to do this, I first outline the ways in which the discipline may be conceptualised as a cultural practice that is both informed by, and constitutive of, racialised practices in Australia. I then outline a constructionist approach to understanding psychical processes that values multiple, contextual understandings of knowledge production. I conclude by suggesting that we as white psychologists need to pay particular attention to the “politics of therapy”, and the privileges that we hold.
Keywords: Multidisciplinary Psychology; Psychiatry & Clinical Psychology; Counseling Psychology
Description: © Australian Psychological Society
RMID: 0020041716
DOI: 10.1080/00050060410001701834
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