Attachment theory, neoliberalism, and social conscience

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Abstract

There have been calls for psychologists to develop greater awareness in relation to the cultural, ethical, and political utility of theoretical and empirical development. At present, it is particularly important to deliberate critically the meaning of academic knowledge in psychology in the context of the debate surrounding neoliberalism. Specifically, what do our questions, findings, and knowledge mean when we interrogate them from particular social, ethical, and moral perspectives surrounding neoliberalism? To this end, this paper examines recent frontiers of knowledge production in attachment theory that suggest features of attachment insecurity might be seen as strengths when considered in relation to particular outcomes. Issues discussed include: (a) what is considered a strength in a neoliberal society, (b) neoliberal governmentality and the role of psychological research, and (c) the emergence of a critical voice in relation to attachment research.
LanguageEnglish
Pages160-176
Number of pages34
JournalJournal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology
Volume35
Issue number3
DOIs
StatusPublished - Aug 2015

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Keywords

  • critical psychology
  • neoliberalism
  • Social justice
  • attachment
  • care

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Attachment theory, neoliberalism, and social conscience. / Carr, Sam; Costas Batlle, Ioannis.

In: Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, Vol. 35, No. 3, 08.2015, p. 160-176.

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