Ian Parker

Psychologist, Person

1956 –


Who is Ian Parker?

Ian A. Parker is a British psychologist who has been a principal exponent of three quite diverse critical traditions inside the discipline. His writing has provided compass points for researchers searching for alternatives to 'mainstream' psychology in the English-speaking world.

The three critical traditions Parker has promoted are ‘discursive analysis’, ‘Marxist psychology’ and ‘psychoanalysis’. Each of these traditions is adapted by him to encourage an attention to ideology and power, and this modification has given rise to fierce debates, not only from mainstream psychologists but also from other ‘critical psychologists’. Parker moves in his writing from one focus to another, and it seems as if he is not content with any particular tradition of research, using each of the different critical traditions to throw the others into question.

Parker is a practicing psychoanalyst, an analyst member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research, works with the Research Institute for Health and Social Change at Manchester Metropolitan University and is involved in editing over a dozen academic journals.

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on July 23, 2013


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