Radical archiving as social psychology from the future.

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Liebert, R. 2017. Radical archiving as social psychology from the future. Qualitative Psychology. 4 (1), pp. 90-100.
AuthorsLiebert, R.
Abstract

Drawing on Michelle Fine’s (2006) vision for social psychology, I argue for radical archiving as a means for “bearing witness”. In March 2013 the Center for Constitutional Rights filed a class action lawsuit against the New York Police Department for their racist “stop and frisk” practices. I was asked by two connected collectives to sit in on Floyd vs. City of New York and make a live and public documentation of it; Communities United for Police Reform asked me to do it “as an activist”, the Public Science Project asked me to also bring my “critical psychological lens”. How I did so was not planned – it was informed and it was unfolding. Two years on, I push the nascent literature on radical archiving to experiment with how this practice may not (just) offer scripts for the future but signs from an emancipated one. I argue that the reflexive demands of radical archiving make for conditions of instability that in turn welcome time-traveling – moments of utopian potential co-constituted by the archiver and the archive – thereby bearing witness to a world that could be. The archive, then, is not a passive object of inquiry so much as an active, unruly companion for strengthening the response-ability of a critical and creative social psychology from the future.

JournalQualitative Psychology
Journal citation4 (1), pp. 90-100
ISSN2326-3601
Year2017
PublisherAmerican Psychological Association
Accepted author manuscript
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1037/qup0000041
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1037/qup0000041
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PrintFeb 2017
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Deposited07 Feb 2018
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