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Redefining psychology in a South African context : facilitating epistemological curiosity

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dc.contributor.advisor Baloyi, Lesiba
dc.contributor.author Vermeulen, Justin Graeme
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-29T08:49:45Z
dc.date.available 2012-03-29T08:49:45Z
dc.date.issued 2011-07
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/5595
dc.description.abstract Western psychology has in its current position and definition laid claim to the “psychology” landscape, despite being the construction of one epistemology. This imposition allows western psychology to dominate and control the “psychology” landscape, to the detriment of other equally valid and “scientific” “psychologies”. We argue for redefinition of western psychology in terms of lived experience or soul, so that it can co-exist with other “psychologies”. This should co-facilitate the process of repositioning western psychology into a dialogically equal relationship with indigenous african psychology. Redefinition of western psychology is dependant on psychologist’s appreciation of the relativity of epistemological frameworks and ability to challenge their own subjectivities. This in turn requires epistemological curiosity. This study adopts a conceptual, autoethnographic approach and methodology. Our aim is not to provide answers, but rather create a context for dialogue. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (x, 114 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Epistemology en
dc.subject Epistemological curiosity en
dc.subject Mind en
dc.subject Soul en
dc.subject Psychology
dc.subject Science
dc.subject Reality
dc.subject Lived experience
dc.subject Relativity
dc.subject Co-existence
dc.subject.ddc 155.82096
dc.subject.lcsh Ethnopsychology
dc.subject.lcsh Difference (Psychology)
dc.subject.lcsh National characteristics, South African
dc.title Redefining psychology in a South African context : facilitating epistemological curiosity en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Psychology
dc.description.degree M.A. (Psychology)


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