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Applying the ‘Experience-Near’ Principle To Research: Psychoanalytically Informed Methods1

Applying the ‘Experience-Near’ Principle To Research: Psychoanalytically Informed Methods1 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. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Social Work Practice Taylor & Francis

Applying the ‘Experience-Near’ Principle To Research: Psychoanalytically Informed Methods1

Journal of Social Work Practice , Volume 23 (4): 14 – Dec 1, 2009
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Taylor & Francis
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Copyright GAPS
ISSN
1465-3885
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0265-0533
DOI
10.1080/02650530903375025
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Abstract

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.

Journal

Journal of Social Work PracticeTaylor & Francis

Published: Dec 1, 2009

Keywords: experience-near; psycho-social research; psychoanalytically informed methods; objectivity; pace; intergenerational identification; embodied affect

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