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Interpreting 'resistance' sociologically: a reflection on the recontextualisation of psychoanalytic concepts into sociological analysis

Lapping, Claudia (2007) Interpreting 'resistance' sociologically: a reflection on the recontextualisation of psychoanalytic concepts into sociological analysis. Sociology, 41 (4). pp. 627-644. ISSN 0038-0385

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Abstract

This paper explores the contextual, methodological and theoretical implications of using psychoanalytic concepts within sociological analysis. Through the interpretation of an interaction between myself and a research participant as an instance of 'resistance', I will argue that it is possible to recontextualise psychoanalytic concepts, but that this recontextualisation involves an inevitable transformation in meaning. In addition, I will suggest that an analysis incorporating psychoanalytically derived interpretations, combined with more traditional approaches to discursive social analysis, can enhance our understanding of social phenomena.

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Additional Information: This article explores the contextual, methodological and theoretical implications of using psychoanalytic concepts within sociological analysis. Through the interpretation of an interaction between myself and a research participant as an instance of ‘resistance’, I argue that it is possible to recontextualize psychoanalytic concepts, but that this recontextualization involves an inevitable transformation in meaning. In addition, I suggest that an analysis incorporating psychoanalytically derived interpretations, combined with more traditional approaches to discursive social analysis, can enhance our understanding of social phenomena. KEY WORDS discursive regulations / methodology / recontextualization / resistance Copyright © 2007 by BSA Publications Ltd.
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Learning, Curriculum and Communication
IOE Departments > Departments > Culture, Communication and Media
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Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2010 11:23
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2013 11:58
URI: http://eprints.ioe.ac.uk/id/eprint/965
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