Where specific articles, and books, are noted, digital copies are available on request.

Critical/Historical Social Psychologists:

Billig, Michael (1947 – ) (UK)
Influenced by: Henri Tajfel
Approach: discursive psychology
Significant concepts: “Banal nationalism”

Burkitt, Ian (Current) (UK)
significant concepts: “social selves”

(1991) Social Selves: Theories of the Social Formation of Personality, London, Sage.

De Vos, Jan (Current) (NE)


  • De Vos, J. (2016). Neurologization and its antecedents. The metamorphoses of the brain. New York, NY, USA: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • De Vos, J. (2013). Psychologization and the subject of late modernity. New York, NY, USA: Palgrave Macmillan.

Selected articles:


  • De Vos, J. (2014). Which materialism? Questioning the matrix of psychology, neurology, psychoanalysis and ideology critique. THEORY & PSYCHOLOGY, 24(1), 176–192.
  • De Vos, J. (2010). From Milgram to Zimbardo: the double birth of postwar psychology/psychologization. HISTORY OF THE HUMAN SCIENCES, 23(5), 156–175.
  • De Vos, J. (2008). From Panopticon to Pan-psychologisation. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ZIZEK STUDIES, 2(1), 1–20.

Book Chapters:

  • De Vos, J. (2016). What is Critique in the Era of the Neurosciences? . In J. De Vos & E. Pluth (Eds.), Neuroscience and Critique. Exploring the Limits of the Neurological Turn. London: Routledge.
  • De Vos, J. (2014). Psychologization. In Thomas Teo (Ed.), Encyclopedia of critical psychology (pp. 1547–1551). New York, NY, USA: Springer.

Gergen, Kenneth (1934 – ) (USA)
school: (radical) social constructionism
Significant concepts: Multiphrenia, multiphrenic selves

Holzkamp, Klaus (1927 – 1995) (Germany)
influenced by: Karl Marx, Lev Vygotsky, Alexei Leontiev
approach: Cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT), critique of experimental psychology
Significant themes: subject-standpoint; social-world; practice research;

  • Holzkamp, Klaus (2013) [Numerous articles] Schraube, E. and Osterkamp, U. (eds) Psychology from the Standpoint of the Subject: Selected Writings of Klaus Holzkamp, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan,.

Kofoed, Jette (Denmark)
influenced by: Klaus Holzkamp, Giles Deleuze and Felix Guattari,
approach: critical-social research, discourse analysis
research interests: cyberbullying
significant concepts: non-simultaneity

Mead, G. H. (1863-1931) (USA)
influenced by: William James
school: pragmatism
significant concepts: “Social Selves”, “Generalized Other”

“[O]ften classed with William James, Charles Sanders Peirce, and John Dewey as one of the most significant figures in classical American pragmatism” (SEP)

Parker, Ian (1956 -) (UK)
influenced by: Derrida, Foucault, Lacan, Žižek, (Trotsky?)
school: discursive psychology, Marxist psychology, psychoanalysis


  • Parker, I. (2015) Handbook of Critical Psychology. London and New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-1-84872-218-7
  • Parker, I. (2015) Critical Discursive Psychology (2nd Edition). London: Palgrave Macmillan. [[[International Standard Book Number|ISBN]] 9781137485595


Rose, Nikolas. (1947 -) (UK)
influenced by: Michel Foucault

An anglophone take on Foucault’s theory of governmentality, in the context of contemporary psychology, sociology, neuroscience.

  • Neuro: The New Brain Sciences and the Management of the Mind, with Joelle M. Abi-Rached (PUP, 2013)
  • Governing the Present: Administering Economic, Social and Personal Life, with Peter Miller (2008)
  • The Politics of Life Itself: Biomedicine, Power, and Subjectivity in the Twenty-First Century, (PUP, 2007)
  • Powers of Freedom: Reframing Political Thought (1999)
  • Inventing Our Selves: Psychology, Power and Personhood (1996)
  • Governing the Soul: The Shaping of the Private Self (1989, Second edition 1999)
  • The Psychological Complex: Psychology, Politics and Society in England, 1869–1939 (1985)

[Experimental] SP is “implicated in societal power relations that it was barely capable of incorporating into its knowledge practices” (Stenner, IS, Week 2, 2017)

Stainton Rogers, Wendy (UK)
Approach: social constructionism
Publications: Stainton Rogers et al., (1995) Social Psychology: a Critical Agenda, Cambridge, Polity

Tajfel, Henri “Social Identity Approach” (vs. personal identity)

Experimental Social Psychologists:

Allport, Gordon (1954) (USA)

Allport famously defined SP as: “the science aiming to ‘understand and explain how the thought, feeling, and behavior of individuals are influenced by the actual, imagined, or implied presence of others.” (1954, p. 5, in Stenner, 2017, p. 6)

Milgram, Stanley (1933 – 1984) (USA)

Social psychologist, best known for his controversial experiment on obedience conducted in the 1960s during his professorship at Yale.[4] Milgram was influenced by the events of the Holocaust, especially the trial of Adolf Eichmann, in developing the experiment. (Wikipedia).

Ross, Lee  (1942-) (USA).

(1977) “The intuitive psychologist and his shortcomings: Distortions in the attribution process”. In Berkowitz, L. Advances in experimental social psychology. 10. New York: Academic Press. pp. 173–220. ISBN 0-12-015210-X.

Lee coined the phrase ‘fundamental attribution error’, also known as, or closely related to ‘correspondance bias’. (The idea that we attribute the way others act to an internal essence, but attribute the way we act to external factors.)
According to Lee, this mistake forms the conceptual bedrock of [experimental] SP.

Triplett, Norman (1898) (USA) “The Dynamogenic Factors in Pacemaking and Competition”, American Journal of Psychology, 9, 507-533

Historians of Social Psychology:

Gergen, Kenneth (1973) ‘Social psychology as history’
Where “The observation that social psychological knowledge reflects contemporary history was first systematically made”, according to Stenner (Independent Study, Week 2, 2017)

Asylums and Prisons:

Foucault, Michel (1975) Discipline & Punish

Dirsuweit, Teresa (1999) “Carceral spaces in South Africa: a case study of institutional power, sexuality and transgression in a women’s prison”, in Geoforum, 30, 1, 71-83 DOI:

Gilmore, Ruth Wilson (2007) Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California, University of California Press, (

Philo, Chris and Andrews, Jonathan (2016) “Introduction: histories of asylums, insanity and psychiatry in Scotland” in History of Psychiatry, 28, 1, 3 – 14


Erving Goffman

Marshall McLuhan 1964 – “Global Village” (internet)globalism-communication

Wilhelm Reich