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Swimming against the stream: investigating psychosocial flows through mindful awareness

Stanley, Steven; Barker, Meg; Edwards, Victoria and McEwen, Emma (2015). Swimming against the stream: investigating psychosocial flows through mindful awareness. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 12(1) pp. 61–76.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/14780887.2014.958394
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Abstract

In this paper, we extend psychosocial research methodology by integrating a breaching experiment, influenced by ethnomethodological sociology, with aspects of mindfulness practice, influenced by Buddhist traditions. We offer an empirical investigation of what happens when researcher-participants subtly ‘swim against the stream’ of normative public social conduct in a capital city setting. Our qualitative analysis explores a single case from a corpus of 172 first-person retrospective accounts of standing still and ‘doing nothing’ in a busy, public place. We investigate the qualitative aspects of how one researcher-participant arguably adopted a mindful, ‘beginner’s mind’ orientation toward the flow of psychosocial consciousness. We empirically investigate this psychosocial orientation of mindfulness by integrating Wetherell’s concept of affective-discursive practice with James’ stream of consciousness. Mindfulness offers a specific, embodied reorientation toward psychosocial flows. We discuss the methodological implications and limitations of this reorientation for psychosocial research.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN: 1478-0895
Extra Information: Special Issue: Researching the Psychosocial
Keywords: mindfulness; psychosocial; flow; embodiment; consciousness; breaching; experiment
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 43889
Depositing User: Meg-John Barker
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2015 10:34
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2016 13:12
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/43889
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