an outline of a radically different approach within psychology
This paper introduces a new way of thinking and speaking about psychology research and practice ? known as critical psychology and qualitative research methodology?which, as we argue throughout the text, is virtually absent in the context of Macedonian psychology. We delineate the key differences between the two main paradigms of psychology today?traditional and critical psychology?by discussing the basic ontological, epistemological and methodological assumptions that define each of the two paradigms. Furthermore, we contrast the two fundamentally different sets of assumptions regarding the conceptions of good life and good society, the understanding of the notion of power and legitimacy in the realm of psychological knowledge, and the question of professional ethics in research and practice. Two major critical arenas?feminist and cultural psychology?are described, including few illustrative examples of the critical work in these specific arenas. The complexity of qualitative research methodology is introduced through its contextualization within the four existing research paradigms today: positivism, post-positivism, critical theory and social constructionism, reiterating the basic premises of the qualitative stance as they correspond to the fundamental assumptions within the more general field of critical psychology.
30 Years of the Institute of Psychology at the Univesity of Skopje: Antology, 2004
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The Faculty of Philosophy, University of Skopje, Macedonija