Michael Arfken, PhD
 
Department of Psychology
University of Prince Edward Island

 

Research Interests

Social, Cultural, and Political Theory, Qualitative Research Methods, Phenomenology, Cognitive Science, Community Psychology, Ecopsychology, Social Cognition, Critical Psychology, Political Psychology, Social Constructionism, Situated/Embodied Cognition, Discursive Social Psychology, Ethnomethodology, Feminism.
 
 
Publications
 
Arfken, M. (in press). Cognitive psychology. In I. Parker (Ed.), Handbook of Critical Psychology (pp. 325-327). Routledge.

Arfken, M. (2014). Creativity. In T.Teo (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology (pp. 1643-1649). New York: Springer.

Arfken, M. (2014). Recognition vs. Redistribution. In T. Teo (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology (pp. 1783-1788). New York: Springer.

Arfken, M. (2014). Social justice. In T. Teo (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology. New York: Springer.

Arfken, M., & Yen, J. (2014). Psychology and social justice: Theoretical and philosophical engagements. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 34, 1-13.

Arfken, M. (2013). Social justice and the politics of recognition. American Psychologist, 68, 475-476.

Arfken, M. (2012). Scratching the surface: Internationalization, cultural diversity and the politics of recognition. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 6, 428-437.

Arfken, M. (2011). The boundaries of embodiment: Review of Embodied  Grounding: Social, Cognitive, Affective, and Neuroscientific Approaches by G. Semin and E. Smith. Mind, Culture and Activity, 18, 75-78.
 
Arfken, M. (2011). Marxist scholarship and psychological practice. Annual Review of Critical Psychology, 9, 6-7. [LINK]

Arfken, M. (2011). Review of Critical Companion to Contemporary Marxism by J. Bidet & S. Kouvelakis (Eds.). Marx and Philosophy Review of Books. [LINK]

Arfken, M. (2009). Resisting cognitive science: Review of Brain, Mind, and Human Behavior in Contemporary Cognitive Science: Critical Assessments of the Philosophy of Psychology by J. Coulter & W. Sharrock. Theory & Psychology.
 
Arfken, M. (2008). Review of Unfolding Social Constructionism by F. Hibberd. Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 44, 83-84.
 
Arfken, M. (2007). Critical psychology, mental representation and practice. International Journal of Critical Psychology, 19, 47-54.
 
Arfken, M. (2006). Political practice: A hermeneutic-phenomenological inquiry. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. [PDF] 
 
Pollio, H., Graves, T. R., & Arfken, M. (2006). Qualitative methods. In F. T. L. Leong & J. T. Austin (Eds.), The psychology research handbook (2nd ed., pp. 254-274). Thousand Oaks: Sage.
 
Arfken, M. (2004). The final analysis. In T. Hulsey & C. Frost (Eds.), Moral cruelty: Ameaning and the justification of harm (pp. 117-137). Lanham: University Press of America.
 
Frost C., Arfken M., & Brock, W. D. (2001). The psychology of self-deception as illustrated in literary characters. Janus Head, 4, 331-357. [LINK]
 


In Progress


Arfken, M. (2014). Psychology and neoliberalism. Taylor & Francis. [LINK]


Arfken, M. (2014). Critical psychology of social class. Unpublished manuscript.


Arfken, M. (2014). The phenomenological foundations of social psychology. Unpublished manuscript.



Conference Presentations

 
Arfken, M. (2012). Finding our feet together. Hermeneutic insights into empathy. International Human Science Research Conference, University of Quebec, Montreal.

Arfken, M. (2011). Scratching the surface: Internationalization, cultural diversity, and commodification. Canadian Psychological Association Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada.

Arfken, M. & Ratner, C. (2010). Marxism and liberalism: An informal discussion. Marxism and Psychology Conference, Charlottetown, Canada.

Arfken, M. (2009). Minding the gap: Modernism, bureaucracy, and psychological theory. Modernist Studies Association 11th Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada.
 
Arfken, M. (2009). Possessive individualism: Economics, democracy, and psychology. Canadian Psychological Association Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada.
 
Arfken, M. (2009). Political psychology, hegemony, and globalization. International Society of Political Psychology 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting, Trinity College, Dublin.
 
Arfken, M. (2009). Political psychology and possessive individualism. International Society of Political Psychology 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting, Trinity College, Dublin.
 
Arfken, M. (2009). The environmental crisis, possessive individualism, and modern psychology. Global Conference on Environmental Justice and Global Citizenship, Mansfield College, Oxford, UK
 
Arfken, M. (2008). Psychology and the unencumbered self. International Society of Political Psychology 31st Annual Scientific Meeting, Sciences Po, Paris.
 
Arfken, M. (2008). Liberalism and the concept of the person: Implications for critical phenomenological inquiry. Research Institute for Health and Social Change, Manchester Metropolitan University.
 
Arfken, M. (2008). Intersubjectivity and justice: Towards a communitarian psychology. International Conference in Critical Psychology, Cultural Studies, and Social Theory, Cardiff University.
 
Arfken, M. (2007). Political experience: From perception to social practice. Canadian International Qualitative and Ethnographic Research Conference, St. Thomas University.
 
Arfken, M. (2006). Politics, practice, and phenomenology: Towards a critical phenomenological psychology. Julian Jaynes Conference on Consciousness, The University of Prince Edward Island.
 
Arfken, M. (2005). Critical phenomenological psychology: Tensions and contradictions. International Human Science Research Conference, Bournemouth University.
 
Arfken, M. (2005). Psychological knowledge and modern society: Implications of the Hirsch-Gadamer debate. Duquesne University Critical Psychology Graduate Conference, Duquesne University.
 
Ginsburg, H.J., Boyce A.S., and Arfken, M. (2001). Psychologists' usage of 'compassion': Implications for child development research. Southwestern Society for Research in Human Development, Eureka Springs, AR.
 
 
Invited Presentations
 
Arfken, M. (2013). Passive solar house design: A case study. ECO-PEI Energy Project, Holland College.

Arfken, M. (2010). Yo prof! Defining educational relationships through email communication. Brown Bag Lunch Series, Webster Centre, The University of Prince Edward Island.

Arfken, M. (2009). Can we ever really be equal? Diversity Week Faculty Sound-Off, The University of Prince Edward Island.

Arfken, M. (2009). Interdisciplinary faculty panel. Women's Studies Conference, The University of Prince Edward Island.

Arfken, M. (2009). Fossil fools day panel. The Environmental and Sustainability Society, The University of Prince Edward Island.

Arfken, M. (2008). Ideology, community, and political experience: Interrogating the boundaries of modern psychology. Department of Psychology Colloquia Series, The University of Prince Edward Island.
 
Arfken, M. (2006). Pragmatism and social psychology: An alternative conception of social reality. Faculty of Arts Research Seminar, The University of Prince Edward Island.
 
Arfken, M. (2005). The concept of ‘practice’ as an alternative to social cognition: The case of political discourse. Interdisciplinary Approaches to Alienation Research Group, The University of Tennessee.
 
Arfken, M. (2005). Phenomenology and political psychology. The Center For Applied Phenomenological Research, The University of Tennessee.
 
Arfken M. & Williamson, H. (2000). First person versus observer perspective in autobiographical memory. Student Research Symposium, Texas State University.
 
Arfken, M. (1999). Perspectives on self-deception. Honors Thesis Forum, Texas State University.
 

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