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Value neutrality

Burr, Vivien (2013) Value neutrality. In: Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology. Springer, London, UK. ISBN 978-1-4614-5582-0 (In Press)

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Abstract

The discipline of psychology has built its reputation on its success in modeling itself upon the natural sciences. This vision of psychology makes the assumption that its theories and methods are objective and value-neutral, that our enquiries about the world are free from prior assumptions, vested interests and subjective interpretations. From the perspective of critical psychology, however, the discipline may be seen as explicitly and, more often, implicitly driven by people or groups with vested interests. Objectivity and value-neutrality themselves may be unattainable, and even undesirable, in principle. Value-neutrality thus becomes re-framed as a potentially dangerous phantasm and psychologists must therefore consider its implications for research and practice.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Psychological Research
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Depositing User: Sara Taylor
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2012 11:45
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2012 11:45
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/15250

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