Re: [xmca] New APA Division/Qualitative Inquiry

From: Lois Holzman <lholzman who-is-at>
Date: Tue Nov 06 2007 - 13:36:15 PST

Hi Nacho,
We've been told that international affiliates signatures don't count at this
stage, unfortunately. Once the division comes into existence collaborations
of various sorts are possible. I'll keep folks posted and let you know if we
are successful. Thanks for your enthusiasm!

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> Reply-To: "eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity" <>
> Date: Tue, 6 Nov 2007 21:56:15 MET
> To: "eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity" <>
> Subject: Re: [xmca] New APA Division/Qualitative Inquiry
> Lois,
> How are you doing? I hope you are fine.
> My question, how can I collaborate? I guess I would be a potential
> international affiliate member...
> Best regards from Madrid.
>> Dear XMCA-ers,
>> I have been working as part of Ken Gergen¹s initiative to gather enough
>> support for the establishment of a new APA division in Qualitative Inquiry.
>> This division is sorely needed, as the interest in, use of and debate
> aroun> d
>> various qualitative methods abounds and yet has no voice in the
> professiona> l
>> association of psychologists. As Ken says in the attached letter:
>> ³In the social sciences more generally there has been a burgeoning of new
>> forms of qualitative inquiry, and a lively debate on their potentials,
>> limitations, and philosophical implications. Journals and handbooks are
>> numerous. Yet American psychologists have played almost no role in these
> ne> w
>> directions. We believe psychology has a great deal both to offer and to
> gai> n
>> in regard to these developments in qualitative inquiry. However, at present
>> there is no forum in which relevant issues and practices can be pursued.
>> Qualitative research is now scattered across a number of divisions and
>> marginalized as a mode of inquiry. There is no central forum where such
>> inquiry can be explored in terms of its potentials, and placed under
> focuse> d
>> attention.²
>> Over 800 valid signatures have been collected. We need FORTY more by
>> January. Here is how you can help.
>> 1. If you are already a member of APA, simply sign the attached petition
> an> d
>> follow instructions for sending it.
>> 2. Pass this along to colleagues and ask them to do the same.
>> 3. If you are not an APA member but are eligible to be a full member (not a
>> student or an international affiliate member), I am asking you to join APA
>> and then sign the petition.
>> Please let me know if you can do this and how many others you can sign up.
>> With thanks for helping to make psychology more relevant,
>> Lois
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