From Subjects to Subjectivities: A Handbook of Interpretive and Participatory Methods
Deborah L. Tolman, Mary Brydon-Miller
NYU Press, 2001 - Psychology - 340 pages
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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Qualitative Methods andPsychology
Theoretical Perspectives Some Underpinnings ofInterpretive and Participatory Methods
Stories Circles and UnderstandingLived Experience
Bringing Culture to Science
Theory and Methods ofParticipatory Action Research
Interculturality and Situated Meaning Making
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Girls TransformTheir School Environment
Possibilities and Challenges of Engaging Subjectivities
Positivism Psychology and the Politics ofQualitative Methods
Transforming Psychological Researchand Pedagogy
18 Discursive Approaches to Studying Conscious and UnconsciousThoughts
A Interpretive Methods
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Recovering the Person in Theory and Practice
B Participatory Action Research Methods