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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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Pushing at the boundaries of the discipline

Pushing at the boundaries of the discipline

politics, personal life and the psychosocial

(p.55) Seven Pushing at the boundaries of the discipline
Sociologists' Tales

Sasha Roseneil

Katherine Twamley

Policy Press

In this chapter, Sasha Roseneil is interviewed by Katherine Twamley about her life as a sociologist. The conversation explores the role that activist politics have played in Sasha’s life and research, particularly her involvement in her teenage years in the feminist anti-nuclear politics of Greenham Common in the 1980s. The critical, theoretical question of how to understand social change has always been at the heart of Sasha’s work, and this runs through the interview as a central thread of the discussion, as does the exploration of the relationship between sociology and other fields, particularly feminism, psychoanalysis and psychosocial studies. The dialogue between Sasha and Katherine explores the unfolding of Sasha’s research interests over time, and the role played by collaborations and encounters at key moments with the work of others that opened up new ways of thinking and lines of inquiry in studying contemporary personal life, and set her on the path to train as a group analyst, alongside her work as a sociologist.

Keywords:   politics, feminism, psychosocial studies, psychoanalysis, personal life

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