Paul M.W. Hackett

Paul M.W. Hackett
University of Suffolk | UC Suffolk · Health Sciences

Ph.D. Ph.D., M.A., P.G.C., B.Sc., CPsychol. FMPA. AFBPsS. FRAI. FSAA. FRSA.
Declarative mapping sentence method, critical social, environmental, ecological justice research, African philosophy

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Introduction
In my research and publications I consider the use of categorial ontologies/mereologies in the understanding of behaviour and experience. Most recently I have focussed upon perception and understanding of abstract fine art and avian behaviour and cognition. In Facet Theory and the Mapping Sentence: Evolving Philosophy, Use and Application I look at the development of facet theory viewing philosophical/ psychological categorisation using a mapping sentence. More recently I have developed the Declarative Mapping Sentence (DMS) for guiding and interpreting qualitative and philosophical research enquiries.
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September 2021 - April 2022
Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka
Position
  • Research Professor
November 2019 - present
Royal Anthropological Institute
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  • Visiting Scholar
June 2018 - December 2020
Durham University
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  • Fellow

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UKWhen behavior is interpreted in a reliable manner (i.e., robustly across different situationsand times) its explained meaning may be seen to possess hermeneutic consistency. Inthis essay I present an evaluation of the hermeneutic consistency that I propose maybe present when the research tool known as the mapping sentence is used to creategeneric...
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Once the US was the only country in the world to offer a doctorate for studio artists, however, the PhD in fine art disappeared after pressures established the MFA as the terminal degree for visual artists. Subsequently, the PhD in fine art emerged in the UK and is now offered by approximately 40 universities. Today the doctorate is offered in most...
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While consumer research is founded on traditional quantitative approaches, the insight produced through qualitative research methods within consumer settings has not gone unnoticed. The culturally situated consumer, who is in intimate dialogue with their physical, virtual and social surroundings, has become integral to understanding the psychology...
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How do we think about the worlds we live in? The formation of categories of events and objects seems to be a fundamental orientation procedure. Facet theory and its main tool the mapping sentence deal with categories of behavior and experience and the interrelationship of these and their unification as our worldviews. In the book Hackett reviews ph...
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Over the past decade, the integration of psychology and fine art has sparked growing academic interest among researchers of these disciplines. The author, both a psychologist and artist, offers up a unique merger and perspective of these fields. Through the production of fine art, which is directly informed by neuroscientific and optical processes,...
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Human dimensions research has proposed a multitude of variables impacting the viability of wildlife populations. Extant approaches to systematizing these variables have mostly focused on human relations to only one animal species or taxon and are largely descriptive, rather than explanatory. In this study, we provide a three-layer framework for und...
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Racism is a human behaviour that is offensive, hateful and appalling and unfortunately it is both prevalent and exists in many forms. The multifarious nature of racism means it is often difficult to define precisely. In this article we start by considering highly selective examples of the ways in which black people and people of colour are discrimi...
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In this chapter, we wish to set the scene by valuing ethnographic methodologies in rehabilitation practice. We begin by offering our positionality, as book editors, and reflect collegially as researchers, journal editors, practitioners and journal reviewers. We hint of an epistemological shift within ethnography, vis-à-vis ‘postmodern ethnography’,...
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Research on people with disabilities or in rehabilitation can raise some challenging ethical issues for investigators because prospective or enrolled participants may have losses of cognitive function or difficulties with communication that compromise their ability to consent to research participation. This chapter will review some key ethical prin...
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The declarative mapping sentence is both a research methodology within qualitative social science and humanities research, and a way of thinking about these types of scholarship. In essence, declarative mapping sentences are hypothesised statements of an area of enquiry that guide a researcher’s thoughts, plans and designs, investigations, analyses...
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This commentary discusses the methodological utility of ethnography within the medical space. Whilst a general consensus affirms that ethnography aligns with qualitative approaches, as identified within the existing medical literature, here, we demonstrate how quantitative [positivist] methods can also be incorporated. This paper begins by contextu...
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In this chapter, we give in-depth, step-by-step instructions on how to develop a mapping sentence for your specific research project, as well as providing examples of these tools as they have been employed in previous studies. We also clearly define the basic terms involved in the process of creating a mapping sentence and explain how to use such t...
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In Chapter 1, we provided a brief background and introduction to facet theory, the approach to research design and construction within which mapping sentences play an indispensable role. We considered facet theory in a very basic and general sense and to a degree that students, and others not familiar with mapping sentences, would find benefit with...
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There are two main types of mapping sentences used in research, traditional and declarative. In this chapter, we will define each of these instruments and distinguish between the two types. The traditional mapping sentence was the first tool employed in facet theory. It is used within quantitative research, involving numerical responses from resear...
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In this chapter, we provide a few examples of mapping sentences and briefly explain the thought process behind how they have been developed as outlines for designing and conducting research. We provide an overview of how these ‘maps’ relate to each of their domain concepts and how the parts of a mapping sentence (the facets and facet elements) rela...
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In this first chapter, we offer a brief account of facet theory and its origins. We also show how the mapping sentence is a simple, yet incredibly helpful tool for designing and conducting a research project. We explain facet theory in more general terms, and how this approach allows the researcher to understand complex phenomena within disciplines...
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This chapter is concerned with the process of analysing the information gathered from research designed by using a mapping sentence. We will discuss how to do this in regard to the examples presented in the previous chapter which consisted of two declarative and two traditional mapping sentences both with and without background facets. We structure...
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In the earlier chapters of this book, I have presented facet theory and mapping sentences in both their quantitative and qualitative formats. However, I have emphasised the traditional mapping sentence and quantitative facet theory research. In this chapter, I concentrate on more recent forms of mapping sentences and facet theory and provide a revi...
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In this chapter, I return to considering the traditional mapping sentence. The reason for my positioning this writing at this point and not in earlier chapters that took the traditional mapping sentence as their subject is because of the novelty of the application of the approach to investigate avian cognition and behaviour. My colleagues and I con...
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In this chapter, I focus my attention directly upon facet theory and the mapping sentence. The mapping sentence is employed t as a template to account for complex behaviour in everyday scenarios. A mapping sentence is used to define the elements of a behavioural vignette. Details are given of the use of the facet theory within research studies that...
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Facet theory identifies parts or categories of behaviour or experience and investigates these through a process of hypothesising, research design, data gathering, and analysis. The categories that individuals use to dissect their understanding of their worlds has long been an important area of study by philosopher, psychologists, sociologists and o...
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Throughout the second edition of this book, I have presented examples of facet theory research. The illustrations I have provided have come from the research of many scholars and from my own. In this final chapter, I close the book by offering examples of one or two other ways in which facet theory has been adapted and used. These examples include...
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This book is the second edition of Facet Theory and the Mapping Sentence: Evolving Philosophy, Use and Application (2014). It consolidates the qualitative and quantitative research positions of facet theory and delves deeper into their qualitative application in psychology, social and the behavioural sciences and in the humanities. In their traditi...
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Coming from the vantage point of managing human relations to potentially problematic wildlife, we bring the following questions: Where do people’s emotionally vigorous and polarized reactions originate? Why do these reactions to different scenarios of human-wildlife conflict appear similar? In this paper we provide the findings from an eclectic rev...
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This book is the second edition of Facet Theory and the Mapping Sentence: Evolving Philosophy, Use and Application (2014). It consolidates the qualitative and quantitative research positions of facet theory and delves deeper into their qualitative application in psychology, social and the behavioural sciences and in the humanities. In their traditi...
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“This book presents a concise introduction to a research methodology that is particularly apposite to the social and behavioural sciences. It is written by two experts who have themselves used and developed the mapping sentence approach through their own empirical research and theoretical deliberations. It brings together a wealth of ideas and insi...
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Hereunder we analyse of the cognitive performance of New Zealand robins (Petroica longipes) using smallestspace analysis and partial order scalogram analysis with base co-ordinates using a data set was originally analysed using principle component analysis. We propose a two facet, rather than a single principle component, solution and we characteri...
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This edited volume is organized around major methodological themes, such as ethics, interviews, narrative analysis and mixed methods. Through the use of case studies, it illustrates how methodological considerations for ethnographic healthcare research are distinct from those in other fields. It has detailed content on the methodological facets of...
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Facet theory is a philosophy about the nature of the world and how this should be investigated by disciplines within social sciences and humanities. It is also a series of research design and analysis procedures. In this pocket guide we present facet theory’s philosophical basis and describe and illustrate how facet theory may be used within your o...
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Introduction The purpose of this pocket-guide1 is to act as a stand-alone statement of how to construct both a declarative and a traditional mapping sentence. Both of the two types of mapping sentences we discuss are templates for designing, conducting and the interpretation of research projects that come out of the social sciences and humanities....
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This chapter introduces the reader to the major themes addressed in this book. We consider the significant and growing literature upon international students’ experiences and factors associated with their mobility, concentrating upon the factors unique to student mobility across international boundaries. We focus on qualitative research into intern...
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In this chapter I commence by introducing the mapping sentence and its theoretical underpinnings as these are found in the facet theory approach to research, and I explore the linguistic basis of the mapping sentence. We constantly use language (propositions, assertions, judgements) and informally assess the veracity of these in the enquiries and e...
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In this chapter I consider the potential of investigating one particular form of avian behaviour: sleep. This type of behaviour incorporates multiple variables within a complex field research design. I suggest that the concurrent effects of several variables may be reliably investigated using facet analysis and the mapping sentence. After introduci...
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In this chapter I present brief details regarding the ways in which data that arises from the use of a mapping sentence in research is analysed. This is an important aspect of research that is often covered somewhat sparsely in the facet theory literature. I break the chapter into two parts. The first of these deals with the analysis of quantitativ...
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Human beings have for a long time been interested in and perhaps somewhat in awe of birds. In this first chapter, I present a selective account of how we have demonstrated our interest in the world’s avifauna. The accounts I present are both personal and of a more general nature and both historical and contemporary. I start by addressing the develo...
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In this chapter I consider the assessment of avian cognitive behaviour in the wild. Research conducted into the avian cognitive abilities of birds has typically been undertaken within the setting of a laboratory, aviary or in another setting in which external variables may be controlled. In this book, much of what I have thus far been writing about...
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Within Chap. 6 I provide details of three ornithology related areas of enquiry that could usefully be investigated using a mapping sentence approach. As I have noted throughout this book, avian scientists face challenges when they design avian research projects that attempt to capture the influences of multiple variables within a complex behavioura...
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I commence the chapter by noting how bird behaviour and birds’ cognitive abilities are complex and most validly understood as interacting assemblies of multiple aspects of the behaviour that are both internal and external to the bird and which include the environmental location of such behaviours. This chapter then considers how mapping sentences a...
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This book offers a comprehensive look into issues and trends driving international student mobility as the phenomenon becomes increasingly prevalent worldwide. Chapters first present an expanded definition of student mobility in the context of internationalization and go on to discuss the underlying motivations, issues, and challenges students face...
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This book presents the facet theoretical framework as a tool for facilitating the conception of complex animal behaviour research and the design of research procedures through employing mapping sentences. Using the facet theoretical framework, this book takes a holistic view of bird behaviour. Components of bird behavior are identified and then rea...
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In this Research Topic, the two editors bring together a series of articles that use facet theory and allied approaches to research. Since its inception in the work of Louis Guttman in the mid-twentieth century, facet theory has become an established approach within social science research. In addition, over the past 70 years, a wide range of resea...
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In this report we analyse the cognitive performance of New Zealand Robins (Petroica longipes) using facet theory, smallest space analysis (SSA) and partial order scalogram analysis (POSA). The data set we analyse was originally subjected to principle component analysis in order to develop a test-battery for avian cognitive performance. We extend th...
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The declarative mapping sentence approach to research is both a research tool and an orientation towards conceiving of and undertaking health related enquiries. In this positional paper I propose the declarative mapping sentence as being a highly appropriate approach to devising, designing, conducting and analysing research in the area of health an...
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The possibility that the neural correlates of consumer behavior can be identified is intriguing for consumer theorists and market analysts alike. The possibility of explaining consumer choice in terms of neural events promises to link consumer psychology with biology and to relate some of the most ubiquitous aspects of human behavior to their evolu...
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Having outlined the scope and terms of reference for this book in chapter one, in the second chapter of my essay I briefly review the work of Rosalind Krauss and Paul Crowther. Both of these scholars have addressed a similar series of questions and subject matter in their research, namely, both have written about how we perceive and understand thre...
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Up until this point in this book I have reviewed previous research and thinking in the area of perception as this relates to how we understand and perceive art. I have singled out the philosophical writing of Paul Crowther as being especially pertinent to my research. I then presented the findings of my own research into the characteristics I used...
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In chapter three I present an augmentation to existing models of visual perception that have been developed to account for the perception and understanding of the experience of three-dimensional fine art. The chapter begins with a reflection upon how the model I propose draws upon the scholarship of Crowther (2007) in conjunction a modification of...
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In this section of the research, I use POSA to facilitate more thorough comments upon how we perceive and understand three-dimensional abstract art. In my exposition of POSA, I take some time to delve into previous uses of the approach to reveal partial ordering of variables. I present examples of POSA’s previous theoretical deployment and I demons...
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In any book, the first chapter sets the scene for what the reader is going to encounter as they progress in their reading. This book is no different and in this introductory chapter, I succinctly establish the main components of the coming essay in such a manner that, I hope, will reduce later surprises that are potentially confusing and enhance th...
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Whether we are philosophers or are members of the general public, during the course of our daily activities we sub-divide our phenomenological world and form categorial accounts of these experiences. The development of categorial ontologies, or sub-divisions of the most basic levels of our existence, has long been used to enable a clearer understan...
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Editorial on the Research Topic Conceptual Categories and the Structure of Reality: Theoretical and Empirical Approaches The process or activity of forming mental categories is both fundamental and necessary to the existence of all living creatures from bi-polar categories such as safe-dangerous, wet-dry, edible-not edible, to higher and more compl...
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In this paper we consider the negative sentiments surrounding the return of the wolf to Central Europe. Management plans devised to facilitate human-wolf coexistence have largely focused on wolf biology and the economic implications of the wolf’s presence in attempts to inform people and address practical concerns. Yet, many peoples' attitudes towa...
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A commentary on Wild psychometrics: Evidence for ‘general’ cognitive performance in wild New Zealand robins, Petroica longipes by Shaw, R. C., Boogert, N. J., Clayton, N. S., and Burns, K. C. (2015). Anim. Behav. 109, 101–111. doi: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2015.08.001
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This book deals with philosophical aspects regarding the perception of spatial relationships in two and three-dimensional art. It provides a structural understanding of how art is perceived within the space created by the artwork, and employs a mapping sentence and partial order mereology to model perceptual structure. It reviews the writing of phi...
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This book provides students with a clear and concise guide to studying undergraduate courses in qualitative consumer research and ethnography. The authors present the major qualitative research approaches used in consumer and marketing research as well as practical procedures and theoretical aspects of research design, report presentation etc. In a...
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When behavior is interpreted in a reliable manner (i.e., robustly across different situations and times) its explained meaning may be seen to possess hermeneutic consistency. In this essay I present an evaluation of the hermeneutic consistency that I propose may be present when the research tool known as the mapping sentence is used to create gener...
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This book examines how we perceive and understand abstract art in contrast to artworks that represent reality. Philosophical, psychological and neuroscience research, including the work of philosopher Paul Crowther, are considered and out of these approaches a complex model is developed to account for this experience. The understanding embodied in...
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The authors present a flexible framework for the understanding of international student mobility. The framework is in the form of a mapping sentence, which has been found to be useful to assist in the understanding of areas of complex human behavior. The second author has previously proposed a mapping sentence for understanding international studen...
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This chapter is concerned with defining and describing the substantive content of this book, namely two-dimensional abstract art from the last 115 years. This chapter also sets the scene for the philosophical and psychological research I present later in this book. In defining abstract painting and drawing, I draw upon my own experiences of viewing...
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In this chapter, I consider how the exploration of perceptual processes associated with abstract art requires a representational framework for perceptual content. I propose the need for a meaningful structured ontology/mereology to depict the general process of perception and specifically perception of abstract fine art. Facet theory and the mappin...
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In this chapter I concentrate on mapping sentence descriptions of abstract art. In offering potentially valid and useful explanations for understanding the experiential process of viewing abstract art, I do not propose a single model of the entire abstract art experience; rather I offer multiple context-specific mapping sentences. Finally, I sugges...

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I am interested to know if you have ever used facet theory in your research and if you have what was the research you used this is. Did you find this useful?
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When you start to think of conducting a complex piece of social science or humanities research, how do you structure this? By this what I mean is how do you ensure that all of the aspects (perhaps you call these variables) of the research are included in the design and that their predicted and observed importance (you may call these their effects) are apparent and can be understood?
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Investigating the philosophies of Africa and using a framework provided by the Declarative Mapping approach to philosophical psychology.
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My research is concerned with the categorial understanding that humans have of their world and how such understanding underpins and facilitates behaviour. This interest draws upon several branches of psychology, philosophy, psychometrics and research methods in my research into cognition, behaviour and experience. Over three plus decades I have developed a qualitative and philosophical orientation within the facet theory perspective and an approach to research known as the declarative mapping sentence (DMS). The DMS has facilitated my being able to advance an ontological and mereological understanding of many aspects of the lives of both human and non-human animals.