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SYMP 153 - Building a critical knowledge in psychology based on socio-historical psychology

1.4 Interventionist research approaches and their roots
Symposium (Symp)
3:50 PM, Tuesday 29 Aug 2017 (2 hours)
This symposium suggests to discuss the absence or denial of history in Psychology theoretical constructions, evidencing how naturality and history related to the production of knowledge about men, subjectivity genesis and the psychological phenomenon have been avoiding the development of critical thinking. When you don't acknowledge social laws are natural, when you lose history perspective to study human beings, when you study the person without acknowledging its social and historical constitutive mediations, you build a conservative know-how allied to social status quo, therefore avoiding or denying the individual constitution of rights and social transformation. Psychology is surrounded by the paradigm of simplicity, marked by a set of principles, such as universality, anti-history, simplification, reductionism and order, among others. Person and society, subject and object are dichotomically studied. This form of seeing humans suggest what we acknowledge as their nature: according to the contrast between objectivity x subjectivity and person x society, the possibility of acknowledging the mediation between both of them is lost. The subject can not be seen as a historically constituted subject. The social and historical perspective has an epistemological and methodological view on the need to understand the complex and historical character of subjectivity; it suggests setting a critical knowledge: able to denaturalize its study object. This research and thinking perspective aims to reach the theoretical and practical constructions, making room to think about meshing the concrete social practices and the theoretical constructions created using demands in specific contexts (situations for health and disease; educational and management processes).
Other Participant
University of Neuchatel
Pontificia Universidade Católica de São Paulo/Brazil
Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo
University Teresa D’Avila
Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo
Pontificia Universidade Católica de São Paulo/Brazil

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