Psychology, Ethics, and New Materialist Thinking - Using a Study of Sexualized Digital Practices as an Example

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This article suggests expanding the ethical concerns in psychological research from a focus on thewellbeing and integrity of individuals to also include human living and becoming, and more-than-human worlding. Bringing in conceptualizationsfrom new materialist thinking the concepts of care,compassion and empathy are discussed and directed towards concern, not only for individuals butalso for the apparatuses of which we are, and even more comprehensive apparatuses in the era whichHaraway has termed the Chthulucene. An example interms of internet research on digital sexualizedpractices among young people serves the purpose of challenging these ideas. I argue that it is only byvitalizing all parts of the apparatus, including potentially destructive dimensions, and allowing allforces and phenomena access to transformative intra-agency that psychological researchers canenable ethically produced knowledge. In keeping research capacities to empathize and care awayfrom particular parts of the apparatus(es) that produce given phenomena, such as abuse, bullying,harassment, and marginalization, researchers risk devitalizing and contributing to congeal thoseparts, and thereby also hampering or constraining a potential transformation of and from withinintra-agencies involving those parts in the apparatus.
Original languageEnglish
JournalHuman Arenas - An interdisciplinary Journal of Psychology, Culture, and Meaning
Pages (from-to)483-498
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2019

    Research areas

  • Ethics, New materialism, sexualized digital practices, New materialism and psychology, ethics and psychology, Ethics and multi-visioned perspective

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