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    Disintegrating qualitative research

    Frosh, Stephen (2007) Disintegrating qualitative research. Theory and Psychology 17 (5), pp. 635-653. ISSN 0959-3543.

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    Abstract

    Book synopsis: This paper explores a tension in qualitative psychology between, on the one hand, a deconstructionist framework in which the human subject is understood as positioned in and through competing discourses and, on the other, a humanistic framework in which the integrity of the subject is taken to be both a starting- and end-point of analysis. This paper offers a critique of the tendency for qualitative research to seek to produce integrated `narratives' of experience and argues for the importance of maintaining the vision of a subject in fragments. It does so by taking up the notion of there being `things that can't be said' and suggesting that this refers to two distinct issues: the multiplicity of possible accounts of experience and the way language systematically excludes some 'abjected' material. It finishes with an illustrative analysis of an interview text.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Psychosocial Studies
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2017 08:36
    Last Modified: 18 Jul 2017 08:36
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/19187

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