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Auto-ethnography and psy-critique in covid times. A book review essay of Ian Parker’s psychology through critical auto-ethnography

De Vos, Jan 2021. Auto-ethnography and psy-critique in covid times. A book review essay of Ian Parker’s psychology through critical auto-ethnography. Qualitative Research in Psychology 10.1080/14780887.2021.1922561

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Abstract

This book review essay of Ian Parker’s Psychology through Critical Auto-ethnography has three objectives. The first is to provide an assessment of Parker’s unique contribution to the field of Critical Psychology. Parker’s critique of the psy-sciences is shown to offer a key challenge not only to mainstream psychology but also to those who envision themselves working in the field of Critical Psychology: how not to relapse in the traps of mainstream psychology and psychologisation? The second objective is to scrutinize Parker’s idiosyncratic use of the methodology of auto-ethnography. Here it is argued, again, that Parker’s appropriation of this method not only is ideally positioned to question the problematic field of mainstream psychology, but also opens up a different perspective on subjectivity and sociality that should challenge Critical Psychology. The third objective is to apply these insights to the Covid crisis: if Parker enjoins us to step outside the psy-complex and “find many other ways to live together without it,” the entry of mainstream psychology into the Covid-debate, claiming expert knowledge on how we should live apart/together, should be confronted head-on. To achieve these three objectives, the author also uses a moderate dose of auto-ethnography.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1478-0887
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 26 May 2021
Date of Acceptance: 22 April 2021
Last Modified: 27 May 2021 09:45
URI: http://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/141588

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