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Professor David Fryer





Why are you enthusiastic about community psychology critique?

Community psychology provides opportunities to collaborate with others inside and outside mainstream academia to uncover and contest oppressive practiceswithin and against communities. These oppressive practices include oppressive ways of thinking, talking, theorising, researching, intervening and so of course psychologising and community psychologising. Hence the need for critique within and of community psychology.

What are your aspirations in relation to community psychology critique?

To develop and deploy critical ways of engaging progressively with power, subjectivity and community which are not based on the problematic 20th century psy-complex and do not reinscribe the problematic features of intellectually colonising United-Statesian 20th century psy-disciplines, including United-Statesian community psychology.

Who do you regard as currently engaged in the least problematic and most progressive contemporary work on power, subjectivity and community?

Community activists like Cathy McCormack. Critical anthropologists like Joao Biehl. Critical ‘psychologists’ like Ian Parker. Decolonising methodologists like Linda Tuhiwai Smith. Feminists like Erica Burman. Queer theorists like Judith Butler; etc.

What is your current position?

I am currently a member of the precariat, assembling paid and unpaid work in order to make spaces to engage freely in critical engagement with power, subjectivity and community. I am currently employed part time at the Australian College of Applied Psychology teaching social science. I am also intermittently part time employed as a Sessional Academic in the School of Public Health and Social Work of Queensland University of Technology.I also have an honorary i.e. unpaid capacity at the University of Queensland in the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences where I am supervising four critical PhD students: Seonaid Linn;Charles Marley; Carlos Rivera; and Rose Stambe and I have an honorary i.e. unpaid position as Professor Extraordinarius at the Institute for Social and Health Sciencesand Medical Research Council-University of South Africa Safety and Peace Promotion Research Unitof the University of South Africa.

Would you be interested in supervising more PhD students?

Yes. I would be very happy to supervise more PhD students interested in doing critical work on power, subjectivity and community. There is potential for me to supervise PhD students registered at either the University of Queensland or Southern Cross University.

What other work have you been involved in as a community psychologist?

I have served as: Co-Editor, Praxis Section Editor; Book Review Editor and Associate Editor of the Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology; President of the European Community Psychology Association (2009-2011); Chair of the Scientific Committee of the 8th European Congress of Community Psychology, York, England, 2011;

What advice would you offer to someone contemplating a career in community / critical psychology?

Many interest groups are remorseless ruthless in their attempts to silence critical voices and to close down critique. To sustain critique and avoid injury it is vital to find or co-create a network of critical allies and to engage as frequently as possible in collective radical reflexivity.

Can you recommend some of your recent publications?

Fryer, D., & Fox, R. (In Press) Community Psychology: Subjectivity, Power and Collectivity. In I. Parker (Ed.). Handbook of Critical Psychology. London: Routledge.

Fryer, D., & Stambe, R. (2014). Work and the crafting of individual identities from a critical standpoint. Australian Community Psychologist, 26, 1, 8-17.

Fryer, D. (2014). Psychology, Indigeneity and Science. In S. Cooper (Ed.) Psychology Serving Humanity. Routledge-Psychology Press-Taylor & Francis. Chapter 8, 91-97.

Fryer, D., & Stambe, R. (2014). Neo-liberal austerity and unemployment: Critical psychological issues. The Psychologist. Leicester: British Psychological Society, 27, 4, 244-248.

Marley, C., & Fryer, D. (2014). Social change through critical knowledge work: The case of ADHD. The Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, 14, 11- 19.

Nic Giolla Easpaig, B., Linn, S., Humphrey, R., & Fryer, D. (2014). A queer-theoretical approach to community health psychology. Journal of Health Psychology,19, 1, 117-125.

Fryer, D., & Nic Giolla Easpaig, B. (2013). Critical analysology: The critical theorising of analysis. The Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, 13, 2, 67-72.

Fryer, D., & McCormack, C. (2013). (Guest Editors). Australian Community Psychologist. Special Section on Poverty Reduction, 25, 1, J

Fryer D., & Duckett P. (2013). Community Psychology. In: Teo T. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology: SpringerReference (www.springerreference.com). Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. DOI: 10.1007/SpringerReference_304704 2013-02-15 05:48:07 UTC

Stambe, R., Fryer, D., Dauncey, S., & Hicks, S. (2012). Is ‘mental illness’ a barrier to getting involved? Asylum: An international magazine for democratic psychiatry, psychology and community development.. 19, 3, 9-11

Coimbra, J., Duckett, P., Fryer, D., Makkawi, I., Menezes, I., Seedat, M., Walker, C. (2012). Rethinking community psychology: Critical insights. The Australian Community Psychologist, 24, 2, 135-142,