Original Articles

Race, Sex and Class in Psychology: Vision of Hope for a Fair and Just South Africa

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 18, issue 2, 2008 , pages: 349–354
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2008.10820208
Author(s): Gertie PretoriusUniversity of Johannesburg,


This opinion piece analyzes the current state of affairs in South African psychology from a philosophical point of view and suggests that the profession is in need of reformative thinking. It also gives a historical background to the current situation in society and the profession. Firstly, I argue that psychology in South Africa is currently in a moral dilemma. Secondly, I suggest that an attempt should be made to sketch a preferred scenario by presenting a moral point of view aimed at developing a post-conventional consciousness. Finally, I provide a broad outline of the steps that could be taken in developing a theory of implementation to achieve the preferred scenario in South African psychology. I argue that a feasible theory of implementation should include a discourse of justification as well as a discourse of application.

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