Psychoanalysis as Epistemology: Psycho-social methods since ‘Doing Qualitative Research Differently’

Event Date: 22 November 2012
Room B04,
Birkbeck Main Building

Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

The Birkeck Institute for Social Research presents:

Psychoanalysis as Epistemology: Psycho-social methods since ‘Doing
Qualitative Research Differently’

Speaker: Professor Wendy Hollway (Open University)

The second edition of ‘Doing Qualitative Research Differently: FreeAssociation, Narrative and the Interview method’ (2012) recently provided the authors (Hollway and Jefferson) with an opportunity to review the developments in the field of empirical (qualitative) psycho-social research since its original publication in 2000. In addition, a steady stream of publications in qualitative research journals demonstrated how the FANI method had been taken up and modified to suit new circumstances.  This talk will discuss highlights from ten years of methodological development in what is largely British psycho-social research:

* the defended subject;
* interpretation;
* ethics, compassion and power relations;
* reflexivity (especially the importance of reflecting on emotional responses as the basis for a psychoanalytic epistemology and the use of other minds to help reflection).

Introduction by Professor Sasha Roseneil (Birkbeck):

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