Zooming in zooming out: Analytical strategies of situated generalization in psychological research

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The chapter emphasizes the key role of generalization in scientific work and takes a critical look at major forms of scientific generalization in psychological research. Based on a presentation of fundamental characteristics of psychological processes including its subjective, contextual, and transient dimensions, it argues for a notion of psychological generalization which does not abstract away human subjectivity and difference but understands it as different manifestations of the same relationship. Based on such an embodied, subjectivity-in-everyday-life approach to the production of knowledge the chapter asks how generalization in psychological research practice can be done and presents a variety of basic analytical strategies of situated generalization including Zooming In to Zoom Out and Zooming Out to Zoom In.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSubjectivity and knowledge : Generalization in the psychological study of everyday life
EditorsCharlotte Højholt, Ernst Schraube
Place of PublicationCham
Publication date2019
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-29977-4
Publication statusPublished - 2019
SeriesTheory and history in the human and social sciences


  • Subjectivity
  • Situated generalization
  • Phenography
  • Practice Research
  • Analying social structures
  • Reflexivity
  • Power
  • Psychological methodology
  • Critical psychology

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