1st Edition

Emerging Methods in Psychology

Edited By Seth Surgan Copyright 2012
    214 Pages
    by Routledge

    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    The motivation for this volume in the History and Theory of Psychology series is to look across sub-disciplines within psychology and highlight instances where researchers transcended the tendency to think about methodology along traditional lines. Contributors have located examples of researchers who built upon existing ideas to create methods true to their interests and theoretical convictions.

    Emerging Methods in Psychology shows how a discipline creates new methods and carves out possibilities that not only generate data, but also advance knowledge of human psychological functioning. It concentrates on showcasing the possibilities that exist when the researcher focuses on the relationship between theory, method, and data.

    The question of what kind of expertise is required is a key issue. This is particularly the case in psychology where the tradition of standardizing methods over the last century has served to stabilize research questions. Knowledge creation is deeply affective and ambiguous rather than the secure accumulation of data by a socially legitimized procedure. This innovative volume moves beyond psychology as social engineering into new varieties of social knowledge.

    1: Using Diaries and Self-Writings as Data in Psychological Research; 2: Rethinking Word Association; 3: The Dialogical Self in Movement: Reflecting on Methodological Tools for the Study of the Dynamics of Change and Stability in the Self; 4: A Dismantled Jigsaw: Making Sense of the Complex Intertwinement of Theory, Phenomena, and Methods; 5: Who Shall Survive? Psychology that Replaces Quantification with Qualitative Mathematics; 6: Researching Scientific Modeling: Language, the Missing Artifact; 7: General Conclusions: Coming Closer to the Phenomenon: Better Understanding the Process of Human Meaning-Making


    Seth Surgan