Field-based Methods for Critical Psychological Practice Research
This article explores the degree to which anthropological field work can contribute to constructively reconfigure approaches to the critical psychological study of persons in practice. We argue that a line of development within German/Danish critical psychological practice research ought to be consistent with a development of the critical psychological conception of subjects as persons in practice. Via an examination of anthropological notions of the field and discussions of concrete research projects in Nigeria and Denmark, the article considers what it means to appropriate field work methods to the critical psychological practice research tradition of studying subjects. The paper shows how the anthropological clarification of the socio-political contexts of subjects' lives qualifies the study of persons in practice. We also warn of the dangers of predefining and delimiting the field to such an extent that research subjects are rendered one-of-a-kind rather than persons in practice.
Qualitative Research in Psychology, 2009, Vol 6, Issue 1, p. 12-27
Kritisk psykologi, praksisforskning, feltarbejde, personer i praksis; Critical psychology, practice research, fieldwork, persons in practice