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Researching in-between subjective experience and reality

Forschung zwischen subjektiver Erfahrung und sozialer Wirklichkeit
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Hollway, Wendy; Froggett, Lynn

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Abstract "In this article, the authors draw on Lorenzer's method in our analysis of a single case data extract derived from a research project generating data through the Tavistock Infant Observation tradition. The partial case analysis demonstrates our methodological approach and explores conceptual territory at the meeting point of German and British psychoanalytically-informed traditions. Their scenic composition synthesised key elements of one observation visit to the home of a young black first-time mother in London. Lorenzer's advice to the cultural analyst to explore what irritates or provokes in the scene has something in common with the way that observers in the infant observation tradition use their emotional responses and process their experience. The aim is to provide access to what Winnicott described as an intermediate area of experience and Lorenzer considered 'in-between'. The authors explore this area through two provocations in our scenic composition. Using these data examples we ask: is it possible to conceptualise collective, societal-cultural unconscious processes (Lorenzer's gesellschaftlich-kollektives Unbewußtes, 1986) within this intermediate area? Specifically, how is racial and class difference present in the scene? How can it be located through scenic understanding of research data? And why does it matter?" (author's abstract)
Keywords research approach; research topic; socialization; condition of socialization; child; perception; identification; identity formation; cultural difference; cultural factors; tradition; experience; Great Britain
Classification Social Psychology; General Sociology, Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Sociology, Sociological Theories
Method descriptive study; theory application
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
Page/Pages p. 140-157
Journal Historical Social Research, 38 (2013) 2
Issue topic Cultural analysis and in-depth hermeneutics
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works