Value Neutrality

Vivien Burr

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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 and 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 reframed as a potentially dangerous phantasm and psychologists must therefore consider its implications for research and practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Critical Psychology
EditorsThomas Teo
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781461455837
ISBN (Print)9781461455820
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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