A Psychoanalytic Approach to Fieldwork
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Original versionRamvi, E. (2012) A Psychoanalytic Approach to Fieldwork. Journal of Research Practice, 8(2). Article M8
This article focuses on what both psychoanalysis and anthropology have in common: the emphasis on the researcher’s own experience. An ethnographic fieldwork will be used to illustrate how a psychoanalytical approach unfolds the material when studying conditions for learning from experience among teachers in two Norwegian junior high schools, and also the strong methodological implications of this approach. The researcher’s struggle to remain open is elaborated. Here “openness” is regarded as something more than a principle for research practice. It is a way to relate both to oneself and the other, to emotions as well as actions, to the inner as well as the external world.