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Social Psychology and Society

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 2221-1527

ISSN (online): 2311-7052


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Psychoanalysis Outside the Clinic: An approach of Psychosocial Studies

Busygina N.P., Assistant Professor at the chair of Individual and Group Psychotherapy, Psychological Counseling faculty, Moscow State University of Psychology an Education, Moscow, Russia,
In the article a new approach to research called “psychosocial studies” is examined. According to the author historically an alliance of qualitative research methodology with psychoanalysis played a decisive role in the development of psychosocial studies. Psychoanalysis was rethought as a variation of social criticism whose purpose is to undrstand how power, types of exploitation and other macrosocial features of society affect and are affected by modes of mental and emotional functioning. Examples of psychoanalytic informed psychosocial studies are analyzed. It is shown that psychoanalysis helps to rethink and even to overcome the traditional dualism of psychic and social, of that is “in-here” and that is “out-there”.

Keywords: psychosocial studies, social criticism, qualitative methodology, psychoanalysis, social dimension of the unconscious

Column: Theoretical Research


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