Situated generalization in psychological research

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Within contemporary debates about the possibilities and limits of scientific generalization and efforts of epistemological renewal three major approaches to generalization in psychological research can be identified: (1) numerical generalization, generalizing through representative samples, (2) post-generalizing traditions, conceiving generalization not as a decisive goal in scientific work, and (3) situated generalization, generalizing through subjectivity-in-context. Psychologies of human subjectivity and everyday life permeate the history of psychology from the very beginning. Within these traditions, we can find significant contributions to the formation of a situated generalization. Situated generalization systematically includes human subjectivity, context and change, and focuses on the investigation of the genesis, internal relations and interconnections of phenomena in the construction of psychological knowledge. It attempts to achieve scientific objectivity and general knowledge not at the cost of the subjective and by disarticulating the subjective dimension of human life, but rather through the generalization of the subjective. Based on a historical perspective, the paper presents basic elements of situated generalization and highlights its significance not only for scientific practices of knowing but also for practices of world-making and forming viable futures.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event1. Conference of the Association of European Qualitative Researchers in Psychology - Online, Thessaloniki, Greece
Duration: 17 Jun 202119 Jun 2021


Conference1. Conference of the Association of European Qualitative Researchers in Psychology
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