On social psychology and a new paradigm : an exploration of some conceptual relationships
Markowitz, Fred E.
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In light of calls for work that extends beyond existing paradigms in social psychology, as well as the need for greater interdisciplinary exchange, this thesis treats the relationship of the field to what is identified as a "new paradigm" in scientific thinking. Scholars from a variety of fields are offering a revised scientific and worldview that emerges as a new metaparadigm. The versions put forth are an attempt to complement existing scientific epistemology, based primarily on the Cartesian-Newtonian worldview. The research addresses the emergent character of this "new paradigm" and asks how developments in social psychology relate to this "new paradigm." Limitations of the Cartesian-Newtonian worldview have have been treated in a variety of other disciplines. Limitations in social psychology have manifested themselves in a disciplinary "crisis." The crisis indicated a "shift" from purely mechanistic conceptions of interactive processes to integrating varieties of social psychology, acknowledging extended concepts of self and identity, and exchanging with other areas of thought. The relationship of social psychology to "mindbody studies" is examined, an area of research that is aligned with "new paradigm" epistemology. The work includes an examination of research in social psychology and nonordinary mindbody states, largely from the symbolic interactionist perspective.