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Such modernist commitments are unlikely to disappear as justification for much psychological endeavour well into the new millennium. At the same time, postmodern developments are likely to continue and strengthen. These work against modernist influences by highlighting its limitations (Gergen, 1982, 1992; Kvale, 1992). This situation raises some obvious and pressing questions about discussions of validity: can and should they be modern or postmodern, or can they be both at the same time? This chapter suggests that, although there is no absolute requirement to turn away from modernist, and towards postmodernist psychology, we do need to appreciate and utilise the benefits of destabilising and disrupting unhelpful or worn out categories and dichotomies.

We have been more quantitative. […] I am not averse to qualitative but do have reservations. While qualitative research itself may not be dubious, dubious researchers can be drawn to it for it is easier to do dubious qualitative research. It is harder work with richer data. (Precis 1, interviewee 17) In this precis, although qualitative research methods are not seen as inherently flawed in and of themselves, they are seen as providing a haven for “dubious” researchers who find them easier to abuse (see quotation/precis 12).

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