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Issue 3-4/2007

Okładka pierwszego numeru czasopisma Psychologia Społeczna

 

If it's not broken, don't fix it - response to the article 
"On the universality of theories in social psychology" by Maciej Dymkowski

Adrian Wójcik
Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw

     
Abstract
The article expands the polemic between social constructionism and experimental social psychology as described by Maciej Dymkowski. The two paradigms are compared on a pragmatic basis. This results in two points: (a) constructionism is characterized as unproductive scientific approach with no possibilities of possible application (b) the dangers of abandoning middle-range theories as the main generalization level in psychology are identified. A claim to preserve the methodology of social psychology in its current state is formulated.

Keywords: middle-range theories, pragmatism, social constructionism, theory universalism

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