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Applying the 'experience-near' principle to research: Psychoanalytically informed methods

Hollway, Wendy (2009). Applying the 'experience-near' principle to research: Psychoanalytically informed methods. Journal of Social Work Practice, 23(4) pp. 461–474.

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This article is about how to preserve the vitality of the meaning conveyed to social science researchers by participants. I use the example of a qualitative, psycho-social project on the topic of how women's identities change when they become mothers for the first time. Psychoanalysis was used and adapted to understand both participants' and researchers' experience, and the relation of these to each other. I describe two psychoanalytically informed research methods, free association narrative interviewing and infant observation, and give examples of how, separately and together they can go beyond a text-based method and conceptualise identities in ways that avoid reproducing assumptions of rational, unitary, discursive subjectivity. In assessing how well the two methods worked, I focus my discussion on the observation method using four themes: dimensions of time, embodiment and practices, spatial sensitivity and multiple positioning and how knowing is accomplished in research.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2009 Routledge
ISSN: 0265-0533
Keywords: experience-near; psycho-social research; psychoanalytically informed methods; objectivity; pace; intergenerational identification; embodied affect;
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: 8260
Depositing User: Wendy Hollway
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2010 12:27
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2020 02:14
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