The good, the bad and the ugly: searching for critical research in psychology

Duckett, Paul, Fryer, David, Lawthom, Rebecca, Nic Giolla Easpaig, Brona and Radermacher, Harriet (2013) The good, the bad and the ugly: searching for critical research in psychology. Qualitative Research Journal, 13 2: 145-153. doi:10.1108/QRJ-02-2013-0013

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Author Duckett, Paul
Fryer, David
Lawthom, Rebecca
Nic Giolla Easpaig, Brona
Radermacher, Harriet
Title The good, the bad and the ugly: searching for critical research in psychology
Journal name Qualitative Research Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1443-9883
Publication date 2013-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1108/QRJ-02-2013-0013
Volume 13
Issue 2
Start page 145
End page 153
Total pages 9
Place of publication Bingley, W Yorks, United Kingdom
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to answer the question “what is good research?” from the perspective of critical researchers working in the discipline of psychology.

Design/methodology/approach – The authors first look at what it means to be “good”, then what it means to be critical and then interlink these two as a means of providing a context to understand why there appears to be so little critical research around.

Findings– The authors have put together a narrative that they hope is readable but that still pulls on the different ways each of them have approached the topic of defining good research and thinking about critical research.

Originality/value – The authors have personally witnessed the disappearance-ing of critical activists, anti-psychiatry activists, disability rights activists, trades unionists, critical scholars; and put forward a reason (among others) as to why there is so little good critical research, which is that the status quo is implacably ferocious in its efforts to close it down wherever it occurs. Indeed, if the status quo is not doing its damnedest to close down the research you are doing, you can be reasonably sure it is not good critical research.
Keyword Critical research
Research work
Higher education
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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