Kenneth Gergen: "Old-Stream" Psychology Will Disappear With the Dinosaurs!


  • Peter Mattes
  • Ernst Schraube Roskilde University



epistemology of psychology, mind-world dualism, methodology, performative psychology, positivism, postmodernism, self, social relationship, social constructionism, theoretical psychology, traditional psychology, qualitative methods


This conversation discusses the episte­mology of social constructionism—theory, method, praxis—in relation with traditional psychology. The first part of the conversation deals with the places and forms of social constructionist thought and with the limits of the traditional positivistic episte­mology of psychology. The next part of the con­versation focuses on issues of social construct­ion­ist methodology and on the role of social relation­ships for an adequate understanding of human beings. The last part of the conversation illumi­nates the relationship between university struc­tures and scientific knowledge as well as possible futures for academic psychology. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0403275


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Author Biographies

Peter Mattes

Hans Peter MATTES, Dr. phil, Lecturer (wissenschaftlicher Angestellter) at the Freie Universität Berlin. Research areas: theory and history of psychology, postmodern and narrative approaches.

Ernst Schraube, Roskilde University

Ernst SCHRAUBE, Dr. phil., Assistant Professor at the University of Roskilde. Research areas: psychological and sociopolitical implications of modern technologies, history and theory of psychology, science and technology studies. With Dimitris PAPADOPOLOUS, Ernst SCHRAUBE has a second interview in this issue of FQS with Ian PARKER.



How to Cite

Mattes, P., & Schraube, E. (2004). Kenneth Gergen: "Old-Stream" Psychology Will Disappear With the Dinosaurs!. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 5(3).