The psychoanalytic unconscious is a slippery set of phenomena to pin down. There is not an accepted standard form of research, outside of the clinical practice of psychoanalysis. In this book a number of non-clinical methods for collecting data and analysing it are described. It represents the current situation on the way to an established methodology.
The book provides a survey of methods in contemporary use and development. As well as the introductory survey, chapters have been written by researchers who have pioneered recent and effective methods and have extensive experience of those methods. It will serve as a gallery of illustrations from which to make the appropriate choice for a future research project.
Methods of Research into the Unconscious: Applying Psychoanalytic Ideas to Social Science will be of great use for those aiming to start projects in the general area of psychoanalytic studies and for those in the human/social sciences who wish to include the unconscious as well as conscious functioning of their subjects.
"This volume is to be welcomed as an innovative contribution to psychoanalytic research premised on the unconscious and including authors with thorough knowledge of psychoanalysis. Contributions reflect clinical psychoanalytic traditions, while being able to apply these to research, examine foundations and engage with wider psychosocial research debate." --Wendy Hollway, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Open University, UK
Table of Contents
Notes on Authors
Introduction: Kalina Stamenova and R.D. Hinshelwood
PART ONE -- AN OVERVIEW OF QUALITATIVE METHODOLOGIES
A Psychoanalytic View of Qualitative Methodology: Observing the Elemental Psychic World in Social Processes
PART TWO –PSYCHOANALYTIC METHODS IN DATA COLLECTION
The socioanalytic interview
Psychoanalytic perspectives on the qualitative research interview
Nick Midgley and Joshua Holmes
Psycho-societal Interpretation of the Unconscious Dimensions in Everyday Life
Henning Salling Olesen and Thomas Leithäuser
Using psychoanalytic research interview as an experimental ‘laboratory’
Psychoanalytic observation – the mind as research instrument
The contribution of psychoanalytically informed observation methodologies in nursery organisations
PART THREE-PSYCHOANALYTIC METHODS IN DATA HANDLING AND DATA ANALYSIS
Social Photo-Matrix and Social Dream-Drawing
Rose Redding Mersky & Burkard Sievers
There goes a duck: Operationalising abductive inferences
Gillian Walker and R.D. Hinshelwood
Comparative analysis of overlapping psychoanalytic concepts using operationalisation
Psychoanalysis in narrative research
Lisa Saville Young & Stephen Frosh
Researching Dated, Situated Subjectivities by Biographic-Narrative Interview: psychoanalysis, the psychosocietal unconscious, and BNIM interpretation
Linda Lundgaard Andersen
Conclusion: R.D. Hinshelwood and Kalina Stamenova
About the Editors
Kalina Stamenova, PhD, FHEA, is a research fellow and a lecturer at the University of Essex. Her research interests involve psychoanalytic research methods, psychoanalysis and education, and psychoanalysis and organisations.
R. D. Hinshelwood is a British psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who has always had a part-time commitment to the public service (NHS and universities) and to teaching psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. He has written on Kleinian psychoanalysis and on the application of psychoanalysis to social science and political themes. He has taken an interest in and published on the problems of making evidenced comparisons between different schools of psychoanalysis.