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Psychosocial textuality: religious identities and textual constructions

Frosh, Stephen (2010) Psychosocial textuality: religious identities and textual constructions. Subjectivity 3 (4), pp. 426-441. ISSN 1755-6341.

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This article tries to articulate what it might mean to talk about a ‘psychosocial’ approach to certain kinds of performative texts. The texts in question are those that are drawn upon by members of specific groups to define their group identity and to lend meaning to individual experiences and to define personal worldviews. It is suggested that ‘psychosocial’ readings, which draw on narrative, discursive and psychoanalytic traditions of interpretation, might embrace a political project of opening out these texts for inspection of the ‘subjugated’ or non-hegemonic narratives embedded in them. This involves constructing grounded readings that, as well as attending to the ‘traces’ of alternative arguments to be found in the texts, also appreciate and engage with the interpretive practices of the communities to which these texts speak. One implication of this is that such psychosocial readings have to embrace both an ‘insider’ and an ‘outsider’ view of such texts, and in particular to deploy a marginal practice that acknowledges and contests traditional or ‘orthodox’ readings.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): psychosocial studies, diasporic identities, religious texts, cultural identity
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Psychosocial Studies
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2011 08:47
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:22

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