≪Organizer Abstract≫
Qualitative research in psychology ostensibly originated in Western countries, but it has also developed in a unique way in Japan. Although qualitative researchers have been increasing in number here, the results of our inquiry are unlikely to be introduced in other countries. Qualitative research tends to produce local knowledge rooted in a specific culture and society, but this knowledge should be developed and expanded to inter-local spheres through communication and dialogue. In this symposium, three presenters will introduce the results of their inquiry, more or less grounded in Japanese culture and society, and associate them with common topics in qualitative psychology. Two overseas researchers will then comment on the presentations, basing their comments in their own cultural contexts. Through this symposium, we aim to explore the potential for cooperation and collaboration among cultures, and to consider what qualitative psychology in Japan can contribute to the world.
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