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Which subject, whose desire? The constitution of subjectivity and the articulation of desire in the practice of research

Lapping, C; (2013) Which subject, whose desire? The constitution of subjectivity and the articulation of desire in the practice of research. Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society Green open access

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Following recent debates within Psychosocial Studies, this paper explores the interpretive trajectories initiated in contrasting conceptualisations of the relation between subject and other. Starting from a discussion of ?countertransference?, the paper goes on to explore Lacan?s notion of the ?action of interpretation?, and what this might look like within the practice of research. It does this through an exploration of instances from an interview based research project investigating unconscious relations in academic practice. These instances relate to moments of disruption to disciplinary or methodological identities. The analysis draws attention to shifting locations and modes of articulation of desire within research.

Type: Article
Title: Which subject, whose desire? The constitution of subjectivity and the articulation of desire in the practice of research
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Keywords: shame, action of interpretation, countertransference, desire, disciplinary identities
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/1502921
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