Midlands Psychology Group



Knowledge is power. Information is at least a tool, perhaps a shield, maybe even a weapon. Here are some sources of information and knowledge that you might find useful. We don’t agree with all of them. In fact, we’re so thoroughly controversial that, these days, we may not even agree with the ones we wrote ourselves. Nevertheless, here they are: use them wisely!


Andersen, M. L. (1994). The Many and Varied Social Constructions of Intelligence. In T. R. Sarbin & J. L. Kitsuse (Eds.), Constructing the Social. London: Sage Publications.
Baritz, L. (1960) The Servants of Power: a history of the use of social science in American Industry. Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University Press.
Baerveldt, C., & Voestermans, P. (2005). Culture, Emotion and the Normative Structure of Reality. Theory and Psychology, 15(4), 449-474.
Blech, J. (2006) Inventing Disease and Pushing Pills: Pharmaceutical Companies and the Medicalisation of Normal Life. London. Routledge.
Bunting, M. (2004) Willing Slaves: How the overwork culture is ruling our lives. Harper Collins. London.
Bourdieu, P. (1977). Outline of a Theory of Practice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Bourdieu, P. (1984). Distinction. London: Routledge.
Burkitt, I. (1991). Social Selves. London: Sage Publications.
Burkitt, I. (2003). Psychology in the field of being: Merleau-Ponty, ontology and social constructionism. Theory and Psychology, 13(3), 319-338.
Burman, E. (1990). Differing with Deconstruction: a feminist critique. In I. Parker & J. Shotter (Eds.), Deconstructing Social Psychology (pp. 208-220). London: Routledge.
Cameron, D. (2000) Good to Talk? Living and Working in a Communication Culture. London. Routledge.
Campos, P. (2004) The Obesity Myth: Why America’s Obsession with Weight is Hazardous for your Health. New York, Gotham Books.
Carrette, J. and King, R. (2005) Selling Spirituality: the silent take over of religion. London. Routledge.
Charlesworth, S. (1999). A Phenomenology of working class experience. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Coward, R. (1989) The Whole Truth: The myth of alternative health. London. Faber.
Crossley, N. (2001). The Social Body: habit, identity and desire. London: Sage Publications.
Cushman, P. (1990). Why the self is empty: toward a historically situated psychology. American Psychologist, 45(5), 599-611.
Damasio, A. R. (1994). Descartes Error: emotion, reason and the human brain. London: Picador.
Damasio, A. R. (1999). The Feeling of What Happens: body, emotion and the making of consciousness. London: William Heinemann.
Danziger, K. (1994). Constructing the Subject: historical origins of psychological research. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Eagleton, T. (1996). The Illusions of Postmodernism. Oxford: Blackwells.
Fitzpatrick, M. (2001) The Tyranny of Health: Doctors, and the regulation of lifestyle. London, Routledge.
Foucault, M. (1977). Discipline and Punish. Harmondsworth: Penguin.
Foucault, M. (1988). Technologies of the self. In L. Martin, H. Gutman & P. Hutton (Eds.), Technologies of the Self (pp. 16-49). London: Tavistock Publications.
Fryer, D. (1999) The Primary Prevention of Community Psychology. In, Kagan, C. (Editor) Collective Action and Social Change. Manchester Metropolitan University.
Godsi, E. (2004) Violence in Society (2nd Ed) Ross-on-Wye. PCCS.
Gross, H. and Pattison, H. (2007) Sanctioning Pregnancy: A Psychological Perspective on the Paradoxes and Culture of Research. London. Routledge.
Hanley, L. (2007) Estates: An Intimate History. London. Granta.
Harber, C. (2005) Schooling as Violence. London. Routledge.
Henriques, J., Hollway, W., Urwin, C., Venn, C., & Walkerdine, V. (1984). Changing the Subject: psychology, social regulation and subjectivity. London: Routledge.
Joseph, J. (2003). The Gene Illusion: genetic research in psychiatry and psychology under the microscope. Ross on Wye: PCCS Books.
King-Spooner, S. (1990) The Fictional Nature of Introspection. BPS Psychotherapy Section Newsletter. 8: 19 – 29.
Kline, P. (1987) Psychology Exposed or, The Emperor’s New Clothes. London. Routledge.
Middleton, D., & Brown, S. D. (2005). The Social Psychology of Experience: studies in remembering and forgetting. London: Sage Publications.
Morris, B. (1994). Anthropology of the Self: the individual in cultural perspective. London: Pluto Press.
Newton, T. (2007). Nature and Sociology. London: Routledge.
Osterkamp, U. (1999). On Psychology, Ideology and Individual's Societal Nature. Theory and Psychology, 9(3), 379-392.
Parker, I. (2007). Revolution in Psychology. London: Pluto Press.
Perelman, R. (2005) Manufacturing Discontent: The Trap of Individualism in Corporate Society. Ann Arbour and London. Pluto Press.
Privateer, M. (2005) Inventing Intelligence: A social history of smart. Malden, MA. Blackwell Publishing.
Ralston-Saul, J. (1997) The Unconscious Civilization. Harmondsworth. Penguin.
Richardson, K. (2002). What IQ Tests Test. Theory and Psychology, 12(3), 283-314.
Robertson, A. F. (2001). Greed: gut feelings, growth and history. Cambridge: Polity Press.
Ritzer, G. (1993) The McDonaldization of Society. London. Pine Forge Press.
Rose, N. (1985). The Psychological Complex. London: Routledge.
Rose, S. (1997). Lifelines: life beyond the gene. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Scheff, T. (2003). Male emotions/relations and violence: a case study. Human Relations, 56(6), 727-749.
Shotter, J. (1993). Cultural Politics of Everyday Life. Buckingham: Open University Press.
Stephenson, N., & Papadopoulos, D. (2007). Analysing Everyday Experience: social research and political change. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Sayer, A. (2005) The Moral Significance of Class. Cambridge University Press.
Schmidt, J. (2000) Disciplined Minds: A Critical Look at Salaried Professionals and the Soul Battering System that Shapes their Lives. New York. Rowan and Littlefield.
Sennette, R. (1998) The Corrosion of Character: The consequences of work in the new capitalism. New York. Norton.
Stivers, R. (1999) Technology as Magic: The Triumph of the Irrational. London and New York. Continuum.
Szasz, A. (2007) Shopping Our Way to Safety: How We Changed from Protecting the Environment to Protecting Ourselves. Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press.
Tolman, C. (1994). Psychology, Society, Subjectivity: an introduction to German Critical Psychology. London: Routledge.
Wegner, D. (2002) The Illusion of Conscious Will. Cambridge, MA. MIT Press.
Wilson, E. A. (2004). Psychosomatic: feminism and the neurological body. Durham/London: Duke University Press.
Young, I. M. (1990). "Throwing Like a Girl" and other essays in feminist philosophy and social theory. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press.


Bentall, R. (2003). Madness Explained. London: Allen Lane / Penguin.
Boyle, M. (2002). Schizophrenia: a scientific delusion? (2nd ed.). London: Routledge.
Bracken, P., & O'Sullivan, P. (2001). The invisibility of Irish migrants in British health research. Irish Studies Review, 9(1), 41-51.
Cromby, J. (2004a). Between constructionism and neuroscience: the societal co-constitution of embodied subjectivity. Theory and Psychology, 14(6), 797-821.
Cromby, J. (2004b). Depression: embodying social inequality. Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, 4(3), 176-187.
Double, D. (2002). The limits of psychiatry. British Medical Journal, 324, 900-904.
Harper, D. (1996). Deconstructing 'paranoia': Towards a discursive understanding of apparently unwarranted suspicion. Theory and Psychology, 6, 423-448.
Harper, D., Cromby, J., Reavey, P., Anderson, J., & Cooke, A. (2007). Don't Jump Ship: new approaches in teaching mental health to undergraduates. The Psychologist 20,5 302-304
Harrison, G., Gunnell, D., Glazebrook, C., Page, K., & Kwiecinski, R. (2001). Association between schizophrenia and social inequality at birth: case-control study. British Journal of Psychiatry, 179, 346-350.
Hartley, J. (2004) The Cruel Truth. Asylum: The magazine for democracy in psychiatry. 14(2): 16.
James, O. (1997). Britain on the Couch: why we're unhappier compared with 1950 despite being richer - a treatment for the low serotonin society. London: Century.
Johnstone, L. (2001). Users and Abusers of Psychiatry (2nd ed.). Hove: Brunner-Routledge.
King, M., Coker, E., Leavey, A., Hoare, A., & Johnson-Sabine, D. (1994). Incidence of psychotic illness in London: comparison of ethnic groups. British Medical Journal, 309, 1115-1119.
Melzer, D., Fryers, T., & Jenkins, R. (2004). Social Inequalities and the Distribution of the Common Mental Disorders. Hove: Psychology Press.
Mirowsky, J., & Ross, C. E. (1983). Paranoia and the structure of powerlessness. American Sociological Review, 48, 228-239.
Newnes, C., Holmes, G. & Dunn, C. (1999) This is Madness Ross-on-Wye, PCCS Books
Newnes, C., Holmes, G. & Dunn, C. (2001) This is Madness Too Ross-on-Wye, PCCS Books
Newnes, C. and Radcliffe, N. (2005) Making and Breaking Children’s Lives. Ross-on-Wye, PCCS Books
Parker, I., Georgaca, E., Harper, D., McLaughin, T., & Stowell-Smith, M. (1995). Deconstructing Psychopathology. London: Sage Publications.
Read, J. (2005). The bio-bio-bio model of madness. The Psychologist, 18(10), 596-597.
Read, J., van Os, J., Morrison, A. P., & Ross, C. A. (2005). Childhood trauma, psychosis and schizophrenia: a literature review with theoretical and clinical implications. Acta-Psychiatrica-Scandinavica, 112, 330-350.
Rogers, A., & Pilgrim, D. (2003). Mental Health and Inequality. Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan.
Romme, M., & Escher, S. (Eds.). (1993). Accepting Voices. London: Mind Publications.
Romme, M., & Escher, S. (Eds.). (2000).
Making Sense of Voices. London: Mind Publications.
Sharpley, M. S., Hutchinson, G., & Murray, R. M. (2001). Understanding the excess of psychosis among the African-Carribean population in England. Review of current hypotheses. British Journal of Psychiatry Suppl., 178 (suppl. 40), 60s-68s.
Smail, D. (1984). Illusion and Reality: the meaning of anxiety. London: J.M.Dent.
Smail, D. (1993). The Origins of Unhappiness. London: Constable.
Smail, D. (2005). Power, Interest and Psychology: elements of a social materialist understanding of distress. Ross-On-Wye: PCCS Books.
Stivers, R. (2004) Shades of Loneliness: Pathologies of a Technological Society. Oxford. Rowan and Littlefield.
Thomas, P. (1997). The Dialectics of Schizophrenia. London: Free Association Books.
Wiener, M., & Marcus, D. (1994). A sociocultural construction of depression. In T. R. Sarbin & J. L. Kitsuse (Eds.), Constructing the Social (pp. 213-231). London: Sage Publications.
Wilkinson, R. G. (1996). Unhealthy Societies: the afflictions of inequality. London: Routledge.


Babiker, G. and Arnold, L. (1997) The Language of Injury: Comprehending Self-Mutilation. Leicester. BPS Books.
Cushman, P. (1995) Constructing the Self, Constructing America. Perseus Publishing. Cambridge Massachusetts.
Davies, D. (1997) Counselling in Psychological Services. Milton Keynes. Open University.
Dineen, T. (1999) Manufacturing Victims: What the Psychology Industry is Doing to People. London. Constable.
Epstein, W. (2006) The Civil Divine: Psychotherapy as Religion. University of Nevada Press.
Epstein, W. (1996) The Illusion of Psychotherapy. New York. Transaction.
Erwin, E. (1997) Philosophy and Psychotherapy: Razing the Troubles of the Brain. London. Sage.
Feltham, C. and Dryden, W. (1992) (Eds) Psychotherapy and It’s Discontents. Buckinghamshire. Open University.
Fancher, R. T, (2003) Cultures of Healing: Correcting the Image of the American Mental Health Professions. San Francisco. W.H. Freeman.
Feltham, C. (1999) Against and Beyond Core Theoretical Models. In, Feltham, C. (Editor) Controversies in Counselling and Psychotherapy. London. Sage.
Furedi, F. (2003) Therapy Culture: Cultivating vulnerability in an uncertain age. London. Routledge.
Hagan, T. and Donnison, A. (1999) Social Power: some implications for the practice of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Journal of Applied Social and Community Psychology. 9. 119 – 135.
Held, B. (1995) Back to Reality: A Critique of Post Modern Theory in Psychotherapy. New York. Norton.
Holmes, G. (2003) An Audit: Do the people I see get better? Clinical Psychology. 24: 47–50.
Howard, A. (1996) Challenges to Counselling and Psychotherapy. London. MacMillan.
Howard, A. (2005) Identity and Counselling. London. MacMillan.
Howard, A. (2000) Philosophy for Counselling and Psychotherapy. London. MacMillan.
Hillman, J. and Ventura, M. (1989) We’ve Had a Hundred Years of Psychotherapy and the World’s Getting Worse. Copper Canyon Press. Townsend, USA.
Hughes, I. (1997) Can you keep from crying by considering some things? Some arguments against cognitive therapy for depression. Clinical Psychology Forum 104: 22 – 27.
Justman, S. (2003) Seeds of Mortality: The Public and Private Worlds of Cancer. Chicago. Ivan. R. Dee.
Justman, S. (2002) The Psychological Mystique. Evanston, Illinois, Northwestern University Press.
Kearny, J. (1996) Culture, Class and Politics: Undisclosed Influences in Therapy and Counselling. Ross-on-Whye. PCCS.
King, L. (1999) Committed Uncertainty: essays in honour of Peter Lomas. London. Whurr.
King-Spooner, S. (1996) Psychotherapy and the White Do-do. Changes 13 (2). 45 – 51.
Kendall, K. (2004) Dangerous Thinking: a critical history of correctional cognitive behaviourism. In, Mair, G. (Editor) What Matters in Probation. Cullompton, Devon. Willan Publishing.
Lomas, P. (1999) Doing Good? Psychotherapy out of its Depth. Oxford University Press.
McNamee, S., & Gergen, K. J. (1992). Therapy as Social Construction. London: Sage Publications.
Diamond, B. (2006) “Reflections on the practice of clinical psychology” Clinical Psychology Forum 162, 5-8
Moloney, P. (2006). The trouble with psychotherapy. Clinical Psychology Forum, 162, 29-33.
Moloney, P., & Kelly, P. (2006). Lost for words. Clinical Psychology Forum, 162(21-25).
Moncrieff, J., & Cohen, D. (2005). Rethinking Models of Psychotropic Drug Action. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 74, 145-153.
Murray, M. (2004) (Editor) Critical Health Psychology. London. MacMillan.
Nightingale, D. J., & Cromby, J. (2001). Critical Psychology and the Ideology of Individualism. Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, 1(2), 117-128.
Pilgrim, D. (1997) Psychotherapy and Society. London. Sage.
Priest, P. (2006) “That was then, this is now” Clinical Psychology Forum, 162, 25-28
Smail, D. (1987). Taking Care: an alternative to therapy. London: J.M.Dent.
Spinelli, E. (2001) The Mirror and the Hammer: Challenges to Therapeutic Orthodoxy. London. Macmillan.


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