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Researching in-between subjective experience and reality

Hollway, Wendy and Froggett, Lynn (2012). Researching in-between subjective experience and reality. Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 13(3), article no. 13.

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In this article, we draw on LORENZER's method in our analysis of a single case data extract derived from a research project generating data through the Tavistock Infant Observation tradition. The partial case analysis demonstrates our methodological approach and explores conceptual territory at the meeting point of German and British psychoanalytically-informed traditions. Our scenic composition synthesised key elements of one observation visit to the home of a young black first-time mother in London. LORENZER's advice to the cultural analyst to explore what irritates or provokes in the scene has something in common with the way that observers in the infant observation tradition use their emotional responses and process their experience. The aim is to provide access to what WINNICOTT described as an intermediate area of experience and LORENZER considered "in-between". We explore this area through two provocations in our scenic composition. Using these data examples we ask: is it possible to conceptualise collective, societal-cultural unconscious processes (LORENZER's gesellschaftlich-kollektives Unbewußtes, 1986) within this intermediate area? Specifically, how is racial and class difference present in the scene? How can it be located through scenic understanding of research data? And why does it matter?

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2012 FQS
ISSN: 1438-5627
Extra Information: This issue entitled: Cultural Analysis and In-depth Hermeneutics—Psycho-societal Analysis of Everyday Life Culture, Interaction,and Learning, edited by Henning Salling Olesen
Keywords: psychoanalysis; cultural analysis; psychosocietal; scene; scenic understanding; infant observation; symbolism; societal-collective unconscious; transitional space
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology and Counselling > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology and Counselling
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 35685
Depositing User: Wendy Hollway
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2012 16:26
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2020 23:11
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