From Subjects to Subjectivities: A Handbook of Interpretive and Participatory Methods

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Deborah L. Tolman, Mary Brydon-Miller
NYU Press, 2001 - Psychology - 340 pages
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From Subject to Subjectivities profiles the recent debates about the role of qualitative and participatory methods in psychology, a discipline which has traditionally seen itself as a form of positivistic science. Contributors explain how fundamentally different views of the nature of reality and of scientific theory have shaped these debates, and how psychology is being transformed through the use of these methods.

At the heart of the book are 10 exemplars of interpretive and participatory action research which describe the rationale for and process of using these methods in actual cases. They also articulate some of the challenges psychologists may face in adopting them, offering insights into how these complications can be successfully negotiated. Relevant beyond psychology, the models provided can be used within the context of a wide array of social science disciplines, from sociology and anthropology to women's studies and public health.

The contributors represent a veritable "who's who" of qualitative scholars, including Lyn Mikel Brown, Larry Davidson, Michelle Fine, Louise Kidder, M. Brinton Lykes, Jeanne Marecek, Abigail Stewart, and Niobe Way.

No previous book has examined qualitative and participatory methods specifically within the context of psychology. From Subjects to Subjectivities provides a unique and badly needed resource for those interested in learning about the practice of these methods in the field.

 

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Contents

Movingtoward Subjectivities
3
2 Power Politics and the QualitativeQuantitative Debates inPsychology
12
Qualitative Methods andPsychology
29
Theoretical Perspectives Some Underpinnings ofInterpretive and Participatory Methods
43
Stories Circles and UnderstandingLived Experience
45
Bringing Culture to Science
57
Theory and Methods ofParticipatory Action Research
76
Exemplars
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Interculturality and Situated Meaning Making
183
13 Participatory Action Research as a Resource for DevelopingAfrican American Community Leadership
200
Girls TransformTheir School Environment
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ParticipatoryAction Research
239
Possibilities and Challenges of Engaging Subjectivities
257
Positivism Psychology and the Politics ofQualitative Methods
259
Transforming Psychological Researchand Pedagogy
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18 Discursive Approaches to Studying Conscious and UnconsciousThoughts
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A Interpretive Methods
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7 White WorkingClass Girls Femininities and the Paradox ofResistance
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8 Using Feminist Research Methods to Explore BoysRelationships
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Listening for One GirlsErotic Voice
130
We Were the Hired Help
145
Recovering the Person in Theory and Practice
163
B Participatory Action Research Methods
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What Are Feminist PsychologistsDoing in Places Like This?
304
Remedies for the Discipline ofPsychology
319
Contributors
329
Permissions
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Index
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About the author (2001)

Deborah L. Tolman is a Senior Research Scientist and Director of the Adolescent Sexuality Project at the Center for Research on Women at Wellesley College.

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