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|DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link:||http://doi.org/10.1080/02650530903375025|
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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 Article|
|Copyright Holders:||2009 Routledge|
|Keywords:||experience-near; psycho-social research; psychoanalytically informed methods; objectivity; pace; intergenerational identification; embodied affect;|
|Academic Unit/Department:||Social Sciences > Psychology in the Social Sciences
|Interdisciplinary Research Centre:||Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)|
|Depositing User:||Wendy Hollway|
|Date Deposited:||04 Jan 2010 12:27|
|Last Modified:||24 Feb 2016 09:10|
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