The book includes a clear account of the paradigm 'crisis' in psychology in the early 1970s, and the different varieties of qualitative research that are at work inside and outside the discipline of psychology now. It explores a series of concepts and methodological approaches, and shows how contemporary qualitative research is indebted to those early debates. The book thus provides the reader with access to lines of debate currently occurring inside qualitative research, with discussion of its bearing on conceptual debates (in deconstruction and psychosocial studies) and on 'critical psychology' and 'qualitative methodology'.
A brief commentary introducing each paper draws out key themes that are outlined in the introduction and returned to in the course of the book. Each specific intervention is thus able to function as a separate argument and as part of an introduction and overview of a range of post-crisis ideas for psychologists. This book is titled 'Psychology after the Crisis' to emphasise the impact of the new paradigm arguments on the discipline, and the changing ways many of us now approach research in 'psychology' as a result of those ideas.
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About the Author:
Ian Parker was co-founder and is co-director (with Erica Burman) of the Discourse Unit. He is a member of the Asylum: Magazine for Democratic Psychiatry collective, and a practising psychoanalyst in Manchester. His research and writing intersects with psychoanalysis and critical theory. He is currently editing a book series ‘Lines of the Symbolic’ (on Lacanian psychoanalysis in different cultural contexts) for Karnac Books. He edited the 2011 4-Volume Routledge Major Work Critical Psychology, and is editing the series ‘Concepts for Critical Psychology: Disciplinary Boundaries Re-Thought’. His books on critical perspectives in psychology began with The Crisis in Modern Social Psychology, and how to end it (Routledge, 1989), and continued with Discourse Dynamics: Critical Analysis for Social and Individual Psychology. His recent books include Qualitative Psychology: Introducing Radical Research (Open University Press, 2005) and Revolution in Psychology: Alienation to Emancipation (Pluto Press, 2007).