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Alfred Lorenzer and the depth-hermeneutic method

Bereswill, Mechthild; Morgenroth, Christine and Redman, Peter (2010). Alfred Lorenzer and the depth-hermeneutic method. Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, 15(3) pp. 221–250.

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This extended article aims to introduce an Anglophone audience to the work of Alfred Lorenzer. As such, it has three main components: it outlines some of Lorenzer's central concepts (the scenic, interaction forms, engrams, symbolisation and desymoblisation, language games and scenic understanding); explores the dialectical relations through which, for Lorenzer, unconscious, bodily and social processes are mutually constituted; and sketches some of the principles informing the depth-hermeneutic method, the tradition of social, cultural and social psychological research to which his ideas gave rise. Throughout, Lorenzer is viewed as seeking to put psychoanalysis on a materialist footing and concerned to assert its critical potential.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2010 Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
ISSN: 1088-0763
Extra Information: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in 'Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society' (15, 3, 2010, pp. 221-250). The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available online at:
Keywords: Lorenzer; depth-hermeneutic method; psychoanalysis; unconscious and society; social research
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Sociology
Social Sciences
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 26173
Depositing User: Peter Redman
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2011 13:10
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2016 18:08
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