Critical Community Psychology and Qualitative Research Methods: Are They Compatible?

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News, (2018, September 23). Critical Community Psychology and Qualitative Research Methods: Are They Compatible?. Psychreg on Mental Health & Well-Being.
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Guest Editors:
David Fryer (University of Queensland and University of South Africa)
Paul Duckett (Central Queensland University, Australia)

This special issue will explore issues raised when modernist qualitative research methods are deployed to support radically critical community psychological knowledge claims and whether, and if so how, issues of meta-theoretical consistency have to be addressed by those engaged in knowledge work underpinned by assumptions of both modernist qualitative research and of radically critical community psychology.

By ‘radically critical community psychology’ we mean community psychology which engages in critique in the sense of the Foucauldian tradition of uncovering and resisting the effects of community psychological ‘truthing’ in relation to power, and of power in relation to community psychological discourses and practices of truth. By modernist qualitative methods we mean qualitative methods in the postmodern tradition of bestowing on claims the status of truth and on interconnected truthed claims the status of knowledge on the basis of methodologically legitimated text generation and methodologically legitimated methods of analysis.

As relevant critical knowledge work is being done by activists, practitioners, researchers and scholars working within, across and outside a range of disciplines including: anthropology, cultural studies, decolonising methodology, education, emancipatory disability research, feminism, philosophy, politics, queer theory, sociology as well as psychology and psychiatry, transdisciplinary contributions underpinned by diverse radically critical theoretical frameworks are all welcome.

As a special issue of The Australian Community Psychologist all works submitted should address community and subjectivity. Papers should be submitted electronically as an email attachment in Word to the guest editors. Please refer to the Australian Community Psychologist guide for detailed information on the preparation, submission and publication of manuscripts. The deadline for submissions is April 2019. It is anticipated the issue will be published in December 2019.

Early expression of interest in the interim by submission of an abstract or one-page outline by the end of December 2018 is encouraged and the guest editors are also happy to respond to less formal exploratory enquiries about possible contributions at any time. Please contact:
David Fryer ( and Paul Duckett (

Instructions for authors, can be found here.


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