Qualitative Research and Critical Social Psychology in Chile Today: Situation Knowledge and Political Action

  • Roberto Fernández Droguett Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Keywords: qualitative research, critical social psychology, the researcher's position, interpretation, agency of social subjects, political practices

Abstract

Diverse approaches to qualitative research have been developed in Chile, one of them being that of critical social psychology. One of the characteristics of this perspective has been to develop a viewpoint that incorporates the perspectives of the social actors, considered as agents, and so to assume a situated view of knowledge, from which the aspiration to scientific objectivity and neutrality is renounced. This text will review critical social psychology's central characteristics and its relationship to qualitative research. A process of research will then be described which concerned memories of the coup d'état and the military dictatorship in Chile, and which developed into an intervention in this area. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0604380

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Author Biography

Roberto Fernández Droguett, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Roberto FERNÁNDEZ DROGUETT is currently a lecturer in the Masters Program of Social Psychology in Universidad ARCIS of Chile, under an agreement with Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona. He is also an investigator in the Universidad ARCIS Research Program, "Social Memories and Collective Identities," where he is developing the Project "The Uses of Spaces for Collective Memory and Social Identity." His research interests are qualitative methodologies; social memory, the commemorations and places of memory; collective identities, social movements and political action.
Published
2006-09-30