A Plea for Anti-Anti-Individualism: How Oversimple Psychology Misleads Social Policy

  title={A Plea for Anti-Anti-Individualism: How Oversimple Psychology Misleads Social Policy},
  author={Alex Madva},
  journal={Open Access Journal},
  • Alex Madva
  • Published 2016
  • Psychology
  • Open Access Journal
This essay responds to the criticism that contemporary efforts to redress discrimination and inequality are overly individualistic. Critics of individualism emphasize that these systemic social ills stem not from the prejudice, irrationality, or selfishness of individuals, but from underlying structuralinstitutional forces. They are skeptical, therefore, of attempts to change individuals’ attitudes while leaving structural problems intact. I argue that the insistence on prioritizing structural… Expand
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