Ron Roberts

Ron Roberts

Ron Roberts is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He has held posts at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of Westminster, King’s College Medical School, University College London, St Bartholomew’s Medical School, Kingston University and the Tavistock Institute. For several years he was a member of the British Society for Social Responsibility in Science (BSSRS) and edited and regularly contributed to their magazine 'Science for People'. He is recently (and happily) retired and freer to think outside the constraints of contemporary neoliberal academic life. His research interests include; the lure of the sex industry for students, social and collective memory and the politics of psychology. He is currently researching the concept of the off-modern and the possibilities this offers for a genuinely humane and multidisciplinary psychology. He has edited and written six books including for PCCS - Just War: Psychology and terrorism (2007), Real to Reel: Psychiatry at the cinema (2011) and with Theodor Itten, The New Politics of Experience and The Bitter Herbs (2014).   His most recent book Psychology and Capitalism (Zero Books) – though not published by PCCS is definitely worth a mention J  Besides these interests Ron has practised martial arts (kung fu) for many years.

Books by Ron Roberts

New Politics

The New Politics of Experience and The Bitter Herbs

ISBN 978 1 906254 74 2 ( 2014)

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The New Politics of Experience and The Bitter Herbs by Theodor Itten and Ron Roberts critiques the practices of psychotherapy and psychology and asks searching questions about the neoliberal motives that drive them. Theorising of the human condition too often follows the…

Real to Reel: Psychiatry at the cinema

Real to Reel: Psychiatry at the cinema

ISBN 978 1 906254 42 1 (2011)

The cinema has an important presence in modern life, not just for its contributions to entertainment and the economy but also because of what it tells us about ourselves and our societies. Psychiatry’s appearance on the big screen reflects psychiatric practice at the same time as shaping our…

Just War: Psychology and Terrorism

Just War: Psychology and Terrorism

ISBN 978 1 898 059 92 9 (2007)

The invasion and occupation of Iraq by US and UK forces in March 2003 set in motion a global chain of events, from the growth of terrorist networks to the curtailment of civil liberties, from which the dust has yet to settle. The war in Iraq—seen as part of the wider ‘War on Terror’ is perhaps a…