The Open UniversitySkip to content
 

Ideology and Utopia: Social Psychology and the Social Imaginary of Paul Ricoeur

Langdridge, Darren (2006). Ideology and Utopia: Social Psychology and the Social Imaginary of Paul Ricoeur. Theory and Psychology, 16(5) pp. 641–659.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0959354306067441
Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar

Abstract

In recent years we have witnessed a number of new developments in social psychology that set out to offer an alternative to the dominant social cognitive paradigm. Whilst there is undoubtedly growing interest in these alternatives, they have not had the impact that many might have hoped. In this paper, I outline Paul Ricoeur’s work on the social imaginary, ideology and utopia, and use this as a critical hermeneutic to understand the failure of ‘new movements’ within social psychology to move the discipline forward. The social imaginary is the ensemble of stories possessed by all societies that serve to mediate human reality. Ricoeur uses this concept to understand and conceptualize the distinction between ideology and utopia. Ideology and utopia are reconceptualized by Ricoeur as integration/identity and rupture/critique, respectively. I argue that social psychology vacillates between these two positions and, as yet, has not been able to engage dialectically with both.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1461-7447
Keywords: hermeneutic phenomenology; ideology and utopia; Ricoeur; social psychology;
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Psychology in the Social Sciences
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 8334
Depositing User: Darren Langdridge
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2007
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 20:01
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/8334
Share this page:

Altmetrics

Scopus Citations

Actions (login may be required)

View Item
Report issue / request change

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   + 44 (0)870 333 4340   general-enquiries@open.ac.uk