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Biographical methods and professional practiceAn international perspective$
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Prue Chamberlayne

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9781861344939

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861344939.001.0001

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The social subject in biographical interpretive methods: emotional, mute, creative, divided

The social subject in biographical interpretive methods: emotional, mute, creative, divided

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Biographical methods and professional practice
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Andrew Cooper

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861344939.003.0006

This chapter asks questions about the conceptualisation of the ontology of the social subject that informs biographical methods of research. This chapter was conceived after the author's experience of listening to the accounts of war trauma counsellors in Kosovo. This reminded the author that the origins of psychoanalysis remain entirely relevant today for the understanding that the social subject is always and everywhere simultaneously a psychological subject. Within this view, emotionality is the crucial foundation of all true mentality, dreaming the rudiments of all creativity. However, these functions may be attacked and may be damaged by the trauma of social and political terror, upheaval, displacement and dislocation. Biographical research has the potential to grasp the complicated relationship between psychological and the social subject more than any other method of research, only if it embraces an ontology of deep subjectivity such as psychoanalysis purposes. Some of the topics discussed in this chapter are: emotionality, dreaming and trauma; mind and emotional experience; and social strategy, creativity and dreaming.

Keywords:   social subject, biographical methods, emotionality and creativity, biographical research, dreaming and trauma, emotional experience, creativity

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