25. Psychology and Societal Development

  1. Paul R. Martin3,
  2. Fanny M. Cheung BA PhD4,
  3. Michael C. Knowles MCom (Qld), PhD (Edin)5,
  4. Michael Kyrios6,
  5. J. Bruce Overmier7 and
  6. José M. Prieto8
  1. Girishwar Misra1 and
  2. Janak Pandey PhD2

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395150.ch25

IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology

IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology

How to Cite

Misra, G. and Pandey, J. (2011) Psychology and Societal Development, in IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology (eds P. R. Martin, F. M. Cheung, M. C. Knowles, M. Kyrios, J. B. Overmier and J. M. Prieto), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395150.ch25

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Griffith University, Queensland, Australia

  2. 4

    Chinese University of Hong Kong

  3. 5

    Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

  4. 6

    Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

  5. 7

    University of Minnesota, USA

  6. 8

    Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Delhi, India

  2. 2

    Central University of Bihar, India

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 1 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405193313

Online ISBN: 9781444395150



  • psychology and societal development;
  • psychology's preoccupation with covert mental processes - in decontextualized manner, commitment to individualism, undermining its engagement with macro-level societal problems;
  • interface with local realities, that psychological knowledge and practice - imported from the West have limitations;
  • psychology's involvement with societal development;
  • application of psychology in developing countries - by social scientists across the globe;
  • societal development, as progress - in material terms, and materialistic/economic development, sole criterion of development;
  • strategies for societal development - the Indian experience, India's freedom struggle, leaders of anticolonial nationalism, highlighting denial of democracy and lack of development;
  • spirit of voluntarism, and Dalal - drawing attention to role of voluntarism, or selfless service for others' good;
  • development of indigenous psychology - departure from Euro-American programmed functioning of discipline of psychology;
  • psychology, in its received view - adopting a micro, abstract and artificial approach in appreciating social reality


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Psychology's Involvement with Societal Development

  • Conceptualizing Societal Development: Changing Perspectives

  • Strategies for Societal Development: The Indian Experience

  • Indigenous Psychology

  • Concluding Comments

  • References