Because a Citation and a Contribution are Not the Same: A Path for (Positive) Psychology Research
Psychology research normally focuses on investigating questions specific to psychological interest, like distress or wellbeing, along with the methodologies used to generate such findings. However, the availability of research in published form is subject to a variety of criteria. So, what gets published, and more precisely, by whom and why? As psychology and the dissemination of psychological research become increasingly globalized, it is worth asking whether there are inherent biases and systems of privilege that may influence the answers to these questions and what the effects of such biases are. The concept of privilege is especially apt as academic publishing has historically been and continues to be a Caucasian enterprise of Western nations. This is not in dispute. Rather, this chapter examines how privilege permeates the publishing system. It explores how such systems affect the study of psychology in general as well as the emerging regional field of positive psychology, along with the implications of academic privilege for non-Western researchers.
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