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Psychosocial research

Taylor, Stephanie J. A. (2017). Psychosocial research. In: Gough, Brendan ed. The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Social Psychology. Palgrave Macmillan, (In Press).

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This chapter discusses the field of psychosocial research or psychosocial studies as it relates to psychology. Critiques of the conceptualizations of the social and psychological subject associated with the discursive tradition in social psychology have led to the introduction into academic research of concepts and methods (such as the analysis of transference) associated with psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. Following these initial developments in psychosocial research, academics in a range of disciplines have drawn on varied theories and methodological approaches to explore problems of society and subjectivities, conceptualized as inextricably interconnected and not reducible to different ‘levels’ of explanation or interpretation, or to rational relationships of causality or influence. The chapter proposes that three key concepts characterize the field of psychosocial studies: an interface or betweenness which is neither psychological (nor psychic) nor social; the extra-rational, and affect. A review of different sources is presented to illustrate these. Four published studies which their authors categorize as ‘psychosocial’ are discussed to show the range of psychosocial research and its applications to different ‘real life’ situations. A review of current trends acknowledges the continuing variety within psychosocial studies despite the common purpose and concepts identified here, and the possibility that the ‘psychosocial’ (or ‘psycho-social’) label will not be sufficient to contain this variety in the future.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2016 The Author
ISBN: 1-137-51017-X, 978-1-137-51017-4
Keywords: psychosocial; extra-rational; interface; affect; critical psychology; discursive psychology; social psychology
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 44670
Depositing User: Stephanie Taylor
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2015 15:44
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 09:54
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