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    Psychosocial textuality: religious identities and textual constructions

    Frosh, Stephen (2011) Psychosocial textuality: religious identities and textual constructions. In: Freud Museum Conference: Psychoanalysis, Judaism and Modernity, 2011, London, UK. (Unpublished)

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    This talk looks critically at the kind of performative text that is drawn upon by members of religious groups to define their group identity and to lend meaning to individual experiences. 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 alternative narratives embedded in them. An example is given of the Biblical text of the binding of Isaac, which functions in the Jewish tradition as a key source for moral and religious identity formation. It is argued that 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 as well as contests traditional or ‘orthodox’ readings.


    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Psychosocial Studies
    Research Centres and Institutes: Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics (MAMSIE)
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2015 17:34
    Last Modified: 12 Dec 2016 14:28


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