Radical archiving as social psychology from the future.
Liebert, R. 2017. Radical archiving as social psychology from the future. Qualitative Psychology. 4 (1), pp. 90-100.
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.
|Journal citation||4 (1), pp. 90-100|
|Publisher||American 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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|Deposited||07 Feb 2018|
|Copyright information||© American Psychological Association, 2017. This paper is not the copy of record and may not exactly replicate the authoritative document published in the APA journal. Please do not copy or cite without author's permission. The final article is available, upon publication, at: 10.1037/qup0000041|
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