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Alexandr Fedorov 1
  • 1 Novosibirsk State University, 1 Pirogova Str., Novosibirsk, 630090, Russia

Postmodernism in Psychology: a Bibliometric Analysis

2021. Vol. 18. No. 2. P. 410–423 [issue contents]

The aim of the article is to conduct a bibliometric analysis of psychological publications indexed in Scopus that discuss postmodernism (both in positive and negative way), or use its ideas to analyze different phenomena. The freely distributed program VOSviewer was used to analyze and visualize the results obtained. In total, 1892 publications related to postmodernism were identified for the subject area “Psychology”. It has been shown that psychoanalysis can be considered as the “locus of penetration” of postmodernism into psychological science. Since 1997, the number of psychological publications related to postmodernism has been stabilized in the range from 60 to 80 items per year. Six thematic clusters are highlighted by constructing the terms map based on keyword analysis. It is shown that the main psychological areas in which postmodern ideas are used are psychoanalysis and social constructionism. Three countries (USA, UK and Canada) shared almost two thirds (61,8 %) of psychological publications related to postmodernism. The most cited and effective author in this field is K. Gergen. It is concluded that although the explosive growth of psychological publications related to postmodernism has ended, this phenomenon continues to evoke a steady, though somewhat extinguished, interest of researchers in various areas of psychology. The question of whether postmodern psychology can be viewed as a manifestation of post-nonclassical rationality remains open, but scientometric analysis shows that post-nonclassics per se is almost absent presented in psychological publications related to postmodernism.

Citation: Fedorov A. (2021) Postmodernizm v psikhologii: bibliometricheskiy analiz [Postmodernism in Psychology: a Bibliometric Analysis]. Psychology. Journal of Higher School of Economics, vol. 18, no 2, pp. 410-423 (in Russian)
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