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Katherine Twamley, Mark Doidge, and Andrea Scott

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447318668

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447318668.001.0001

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Turning to the psychosocial

Turning to the psychosocial

drawing on sociology to address societal issues

(p.171) Twenty Turning to the psychosocial
Sociologists' Tales

Ann Phoenix

Policy Press

This chapter argues for a psychosocial perspective where the psychic and the sociostructural are understood as inextricably linked. It documents a move from a traditionally psychological focus as the result of engagement with sociological issues to a psychosocial one, encompassing sociological and psychological perspectives. The chapter makes three suggestions that new sociologists might like to consider. The first is that it is important to recognise that no one discipline can provide all the tools, insights, and methodologies necessary to studying sociological questions. The second is that it is as important to attend to methodological issues as the topic being studied since these are interlinked. The third is that it continues to be crucial to try to understand how agency and structure (or individual and society to put it another way) are always at play in social life and research.

Keywords:   agency, methodology, psychosocial, social positioning, society, structure

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