Researching the Unconscious: Principles of Psychoanalytic Method

Author(s) : Michael Rustin

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Researching the Unconscious: Principles of Psychoanalytic Method

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : February 2019
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Category 2 :
    Research
  • Catalogue No : 38493
  • ISBN 13 : 9781782204374
  • ISBN 10 : 1782204377

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Researching the Unconscious provides an exposition of key issues in the philosophy and methods of the social sciences which are relevant to psychoanalysis as both a clinical practice and a human science.

These include the debates initiated by Thomas Kuhn’s theory of scientific revolutions, the "actor-network theory" of Bruno Latour, the ideas of philosophical realism, distinctions between "meaningful" and "causal explanation", and the relevance of complexity theory and "part-whole analysis" to psychoanalysis. The book goes on to discuss specific forms and methods of psychoanalytical research, including the role of case-studies, of outcome research, and of "Grounded Theory" as a key methodological resource, of which it provides a detailed example. The book concludes by outlining principles and methods for psychoanalytic research in the wider contexts of infant observational studies, society and culture.

Michael Rustin provides a unifying account of the methodological principles which underlie the generation of knowledge in psychoanalysis, in the light of recent developments in the philosophy and sociology of science. In doing so it provides a coherent rationale for psychoanalytic investigation, which will be of value to those pursuing research in this field.

Researching the Unconscious is unusual in its being based both on a deep understanding of and respect for psychoanalytical clinical practice, and on its author’s wider knowledge of the philosophy and sociology of science. It is unique in its comprehensive approach to the principles of psychoanalytic research.

About the Author(s)

Michael Rustin is Professor of Sociology at the University of East London, a Visiting Professor at the Tavistock Clinic, and an Associate of the British Psychoanalytical Society. He has written widely on psychoanalytic approaches to culture and society, including on children’s fiction (Narratives of Love and Loss) and drama (Mirror to Nature) both with Margaret Rustin. He is also author of The Good Society and the Inner World, and is a co-author/editor of the current After NeoLiberalism: the Kilburn Manifesto.

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