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'And where were your brothers in all this': a psychosocial approach to texts on 'brothering'

Saville Young, L. and Frosh, Stephen (2010) 'And where were your brothers in all this': a psychosocial approach to texts on 'brothering'. Qualitative Research 10 (5), pp. 511-531. ISSN 1468-7941.

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This article offers a psychosocial analysis of interview material from a larger study on ‘brothering’, making an empirically grounded contribution to what are frequently abstract debates on the use of psychoanalysis to ‘read’ narratives. Recent psychosocial approaches which employ psychoanalysis alongside discursive psychology are reviewed, including a Lacanian approach which has been described as a less certain and potentially less individualizing and pathologizing gaze to take up in psychosocial studies. The authors put forward the notion of concentric reflexivity to apply Lacanian theoretical concepts to narrative material, ‘troubling’ sense-making, alongside recent calls for psychoanalysis to be employed in psychosocial work as a tool for ‘disintegrating’ and ‘disrupting’ text. The discussion argues for the interruptedness of narrative as an ethical necessity and for acknowledging fragmentation as central to the construction of an ethical subject.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: ‘brothering’, concentric reflexivity, discursive psychology, ethics, Lacan, narrative, psychosocial, psychoanalysis
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 17 May 2011 12:47
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:20

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