Michael Silverstein


Posted On November 15, 2015By hadzantonis@hotmail.comIn 2015-nov-21, 2015-nov-21-fm

Methods in individual and social psychology: Part 1

  Research and work in all fields of psychology, that is, individual, social, corporate, organizational, educational, and other psychologies, as vast and as intricately complex as they may appear, we can approach from a multiplicity of methodological and epistemological perspectives. Any of these offers a starting point for increased conceptualizations of method and methodology in Psychology research. More so, the analysis of psychologies, which serve to connect the various strands and fields of psychology, exhibit and embody common themes and frameworks. Ego and identity, two constructs which intertwine methodologically and inRead More

Posted On October 1, 2015By hadzantonis@hotmail.comIn 2015-oct-20, 2015-oct-20-fm

Critical theory: Part 4

In Parts 1, 2, and 3 of Critical theory, we introduced Critical theory. I discussed that it represents both a school of though and a methodology. I noted that Critical theory works on at least four levels. At the first level, at its simplest, Critical theory requires the critic to have a sound knowledge context. The second level, to aid a Critical theory methodology, the reader positions the text and the audience in various strategic ways. However, we can take this further. At a third level, agency moves toward the reader in aRead More

Posted On September 30, 2015By hadzantonis@hotmail.comIn 2015-sep-19, 2015-sep-19-fm

Critical theory: Part 3

In Parts 1 and 2 of Critical theory, I introduced the methodology, its fundamental framework, and the first of a proposed 4 types of modus operandi. For the first level, I discussed Critical theory as a thorough review and interpretation of a text and its subjective set of contexts. For the second level, we view Critical theory as a way in which the the reader positions the text and the audience, that is the reader. As we read text, we continuous place ourselves in positions of semiotic correctness, and henceRead More

Posted On August 1, 2015By hadzantonis@hotmail.comIn 2015-aug-18, 2015-aug-18-fm

Critical theory: Part 2

In part 1 of Critical theory, I introduced the methodology, and its fundamental framework. But how does Critical theory operate? I suggest that Critical theory operates on (at least) four different levels, each of which I will elaborate on separately. The first level, at its simplest, requires the critic to have a sound knowledge of a/the context. The critic or analyst determines inconsistencies and contradictions between the text, and the knowledge and beliefs of the analyst. The analyst subsequently argues for realignment of the text with current beliefs. Here, the critic/analyst should notRead More
Lev Semyonovich Vygotsky, living in the early part of the 20th century, was known as a psychologist. I do not see him as such. Vygotsky was much else. His work has brought to the fore much to consider, and to ontologically build on. In this short discussion of ontology, we look at the semiotic budget, popularized through the work of Vygotsky. The semiotic budget represents a collection of usable cognitive tools, adapted from and through social and cultural contexts, and our requirements of those contexts. We have cognitive tools that build onRead More
I continue my discussion of Anthropological research, in this Part 2. The very situated nature of anthropological observation and analysis instils upon anthropological research a highly situated form of conceptualizing and thinking. This situated practice suggests that the way we see the world (should) becomes relevant to the world we are observing, but nevertheless a procure that integrates with the world we have learnt to observe.  It follows that we convey to the social laboratory a set of tools we have become accustomed to; tools which we employ in ourRead More