Learning from experience: Psycho-social research methods in the social sciences
Clarke, S. (2002) Learning from experience: Psycho-social research methods in the social sciences. Qualitative Research, 2 (2). pp. 173-194. ISSN 1468-7941
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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/146879410200200203
There is a growing interest in both psychoanalytically informed theory and practice in the social sciences. Psycho-social studies and psychoanalytic studies address serious social and political issues through a critical welding of sociological and psychoanalytic perspectives. This raises the question: how do we actually use this form of analysis in the practical research environment? In this article, the author seeks to outline a psycho-social research method - in other words, how we do it - and to introduce the reader to both the advantages and problems of doing psychosocial research. This is framed within the context of a research project in which the author explores racism in higher education.