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

Andrew Cooper

in Biographical methods and professional practice

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9781861344939
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301554 | DOI:
The social subject in biographical interpretive methods: emotional, mute, creative, divided

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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

Chapter.  3089 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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