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    Psychoanalysis and psychosocial studies

    Frosh, Stephen and Baraitser, Lisa (2008) Psychoanalysis and psychosocial studies. Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society 13 (4), pp. 346-365. ISSN 1088-0763.

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    This paper examines the way in which debates over the place of psychoanalysis in psychosocial studies are developing in the British academic context, from the position of sympathetic criticism both of psychosocial studies and of psychoanalysis. The general argument is that both these approaches have real objects of study and considerable legitimacy, and that bringing them together is in principle productive. However, the loose and sometimes pious way in which psychoanalysis has been theorized within psychosocial studies has not done favours to either approach. The paper offers a critique of psychoanalytic certainty – of the type of reading of psychoanalysis that sees it as harbouring the deep truths of human nature – and utilizes the broader concept of reflexivity to suggest that psychoanalysis' contribution might usefully become more tentative and disruptive than has so far been the case.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): psychosocial studies, psychoanalysis, research methods, reflexivity
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics (MAMSIE), Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck (BiGS), Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for (BISR)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2011 15:53
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 16:52


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