Replication and reproduction: crises in psychology and academic labour

Callard, F. (2022) Replication and reproduction: crises in psychology and academic labour. Review of General Psychology, 26(2), pp. 199-211. (doi: 10.1177/10892680211055660)

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Discussions of the replication crisis in psychology require more substantive analysis of the crisis of academic labour and of social reproduction in the university. Both the replication crisis and the crisis of social reproduction in the university describe a failure in processes of reproducing something. The financial crisis of 2007–8 shortly preceded the emergence of the replication crisis, as well as exacerbated ongoing tendencies in the organisation and practices of university research (particularly the use of precarious contracts and the adjunctification of research). These provide two reasons to address these two named crises together. But many analyses of and responses to the replication crisis turn to research culture, often at the expense of adequate investigations of research labour. Today’s psychological sciences are made through multiple forms of labour: these include researchers, who range from senior principal investigators to sub-contracted, and exploited, research assistants; research participants/subjects, who include those providing labour for experiments via exploitative platforms including Amazon Mechanical Turk; and workers providing heterogeneous technical and administrative labour. Through understanding what is at stake for these multiple forms of labour, psychology might better analyse problems besetting psychology today, as well as develop different imaginaries and practices for how to address them.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Callard, Professor Felicity
Authors: Callard, F.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Journal Name:Review of General Psychology
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1939-1552
Published Online:24 February 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 The Author
First Published:First published in Review of General Psychology 26(2): 199-211
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence

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