Ian Parker: This World Demands our Attention


  • Dimitris Papadopoulos Freie Universität Berlin
  • Ernst Schraube Roskilde University




critical psychology, discourse anal­ysis, discursive psychology, realism, con­struction­ism, feminism, psychoanalysis, Marxism, post­modern conditions


This conversation deals with the social role, epistemological presuppositions, and meth­od­ological questions of critical psychology and discourse analysis. The first part of the conver­sation touches on the social and epistemic conditions for the turn to the concept of discourse, the current status and functions of critical psychol­ogy, and methodological principles of the empirical research practice of critical discourse analysis. The second part focuses on the methodological and epistemological background of discourse anal­ysis, particularly the challenge of discourse anal­ysis for mainstream/positivist models of research and the problem of a realist vs. constructionist approach to psychological inquiry. The last part illuminates the relation of critical psychology with various major social theories and movements, specifically Marxism, feminism, and psycho­anal­ysis in the context of contemporary postmodern conditions. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0403149


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Author Biographies

Dimitris Papadopoulos, Freie Universität Berlin

Dimitris PAPADOPOULOS, Dr. phil., Assistant Professor at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. Research areas: Cultural studies of social science and psychology, subjectivity and the contemporary sociopolitical organization, L.S. VYGOTSKY, the social genesis of developmental science.

Ernst Schraube, Roskilde University

Ernst SCHRAUBE, Dr. phil., Assistant Professor at the University of Roskilde, Denmark. Research areas: psychological and sociopolitical implications of modern technologies, history and theory of psychology, science and technology studies.




How to Cite

Papadopoulos, D., & Schraube, E. (2004). Ian Parker: This World Demands our Attention. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 5(3). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-5.3.558