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'Two for joy': Towards a better understanding of free associative methods as sites of transference in empirical research

Lapping, C; Glynos, J; (2019) 'Two for joy': Towards a better understanding of free associative methods as sites of transference in empirical research. Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society , 24 pp. 432-451. 10.1057/s41282-019-00133-9. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper explores the relation between transference and free association in the production of data in sociological and social research. Drawing on Laplanche’s notion of the analyst as a provocation for the transference and Lacan’s understanding of the analyst as cause of desire, we map transference as a condition for free association and theorise an ‘enigma of participation’ in research. We develop these ideas through a discussion of two astonishing moments in recent research interviews. We propose that free associative interviews can be understood as sites of transference that help us to glimpse the unconscious in social and political discourse and offer insights into the (im)possibilities of subjective change.

Type: Article
Title: 'Two for joy': Towards a better understanding of free associative methods as sites of transference in empirical research
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1057/s41282-019-00133-9
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1057/s41282-019-00133-9
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: transference, free association, Laplanche, Lacan, object cause of desire, enigma of the analyst
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10079091
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