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Reflexivity and Fantasy: surprising encounters from interpretation to interruption

Lapping, C; (2016) Reflexivity and Fantasy: surprising encounters from interpretation to interruption. Qualitative Inquiry , 22 (9) pp. 718-724. 10.1177/1077800416658070. Green open access

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Abstract

This article sets out two psychoanalytically informed conceptions of fantasy as a resource for reflexivity in research. First is the fantasy as a defensive structure that distorts our perception of reality, and the use of the researcher’s affective responses as an interpretive tool. Second is the fantasy as a signifying structure that constitutes the subject’s engagement in reality, foregrounding unconscious symbolic associations. These approaches are traced in the construction and analysis of interview data, exploring (a) a trajectory that interprets fantasy as a defense against difficult emotions, (b) the construction of free associations, and (c) symbolic material that disrupts the interpretation of fantasy as defense.

Type: Article
Title: Reflexivity and Fantasy: surprising encounters from interpretation to interruption
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1077800416658070
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1177/1077800416658070
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2016.
Keywords: Autoethnography, cultural anthropology, reflexivity, sociology, subjectivity
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/1508205
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