Methodological issues of interpretation: evaluating “displacement” as an explanatory concept

Duschinsky, Robbie (2010) Methodological issues of interpretation: evaluating “displacement” as an explanatory concept. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 41 (1). pp. 33-47. ISSN 0021-8308

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Across many different disciplines in the social sciences, a particular style of causal interpretation is seeing widespread use in qualitative research. A form of cultural activity is judged by a researcher to be invested with a puzzling and disproportionate degree of emotional affect. Ideas regarding the displacement of affect, primarily associated with psychoanalysis, are imported to describe how the structure or themes of the practice permit it to act as a symbolic realm for the experience of tensions or anxieties, which actually originate in a different sphere of social or cultural life. The strategy has long been used by social scientists, particularly scholars of culture drawing on the synthesis of psychoanalysis and social theory produced by the Frankfurt School (e.g. Adorno & Horkheimer 1947; Marcuse 1956; cf. Habermas 1968).

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: social sciences, qualitative research
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2011 14:50
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 14:37

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