A History of “Relevance” in Psychology by Wahbie Long

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By Wahbie Long

This publication represents the 1st try to historicise and theorise appeals for ‘relevance’ in psychology. It argues that the patience of questions about the ‘relevance’ of psychology derives from the discipline’s terminal lack of ability to outline its subject material, its reliance on a socially disinterested technological know-how to underwrite its wisdom claims, and its consequent failure to handle itself to the wishes of a swiftly altering international.

The chapters cross directly to think of the ‘relevance’ debate inside South African psychology, via seriously analysing discourse of forty-five presidential, keynote and beginning addresses added at annual nationwide psychology congresses among 1950 and 2011, and observes how appeals for ‘relevance’ have been complicated by means of reactionary, innovative and radical psychologists alike.

The booklet provides, furthermore, the provocative thesis that the innovative quest for ‘social relevance’ that all started within the Nineteen Sixties has been supplanted via an ethic of ‘market relevance’ that threatens to isolate the self-discipline nonetheless farther from the anxieties of broader society. With robust curiosity teams carrying on with to co-opt psychologists with out relent, this can be a improvement that merely psychologists of moral sense can arrest.

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The ummah (worldwide A HISTORY OF “RELEVANCE” 29 Muslim community) was in a state of malaise epitomized by political disunity, economic underdevelopment, and religio-cultural alienation—and the root cause of the malady was thought to involve the knowledge-making enterprise.  16). The result of this distinction was that the non-religious sciences—including the social sciences and humanities— were imported mindlessly from the West.  99). Because of this loss of discipline “that assures the recognition and acknowledgement of one’s proper place in relation to one’s self, society and Community” (al-Attas 1985), Muslims were no longer able to discriminate between categories of knowledge.

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