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Unformatted text preview: rucial to the 'deconstructive' reading of SRT I presented. Perhaps it would be helpful to say that I hesitated before my original critique of SRT's borrowings form sociological theory (Parker, 1987). Why? Moscovici has been a source of inspiration for many radical writers in British social psychology, and his contributions to the 'crisis' literature (e.g., Moscovici, 1972), which insisted that we should look to processes in ideology and culture, provide a valuable corrective to North American social psychology which has, and still does, cast its baleful shadow over our work here. I hesitated over the possibility of working within the social representations framework, pushing its radical potential to its limits and working with Moscovici's proposals to legitimate the study of ideology in social psychology. My feeling at the time though was that the problem with this option was that SRT was just too attractive to a segment of traditional British (and some North American even) social psychologists, and was already being recuperated (neutralised and absorbed) within mainstream experimental and cognitivist research. The opportunities that SRT offered were being squandered, and it was important to move fast and take the other option, which was to show this recuperative process was happening and what threats it posed to those who had wanted to take the new social psychologies in a radical direction. It should be said that despite some sympathy with 'new' social psychologies (e.g., Gauld & Shotter, 1977; Harré & Secord, 1972), the thrust of my work has been internal polemical critique (e.g., Parker, 1989), and the turn to 'deconstruction' and 'discourse' has been a Papers on Social Representations - Textes sur les Représentations Sociales ( 1021-5573) Vol. 3 (2), 1-221 (1994). 2 I. Parker tactical engagement with frameworks which open up the discipline. It has been as important to reflect upon the ways in which avant garde theory closes down a political engagement with ideology as it has been to take what is useful from them. Even in Deconstructing Social Psychology (Parker & Shotter, 1990), then, we included a feminist attack on deconstruction as our final chapter (Burman, 1990), and we have anxious to subject discourse analysis, a version of which we use in Manchester, too to a sustained critique (Parker & Burman, 1993). SRT still provides an arena, in the pages of this journal for example, for critical reflective work. The discussions of 'methodology' in recent years have continued, albeit in muted, cautious and coded form, the radical impulse of the crisis debates in this area. Qualitative methods in particular in SRT keep alive the hope that theoretical approach could be genuinely inter-disciplinary and different from mainstream positivism (e.g., Flick, 1992; Spink, 1993). However, despite the optimism of some writers who have been taking SRT in a qualitative research direction (e.g., Augustinos, 1993), and the occasion it provides for a consideration of cultural processes without the SR conceptual baggage (e.g., Bar-Tal & Ante...
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