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Learning from experience: Psycho-social research methods in the social sciences

Clarke, Simon


Simon Clarke


There is a growing interest in both psychoanalytically informed theory and practice in the social sciences. Psycho-social studies and psychoanalytic studies address serious social and political issues through a critical welding of sociological and psychoanalytic perspectives. This raises the question: how do we actually use this form of analysis in the practical research environment? In this article, the author seeks to outline a psycho-social research method - in other words, how we do it - and to introduce the reader to both the advantages and problems of doing psychosocial research. This is framed within the context of a research project in which the author explores racism in higher education. © 2002, Sage Publications. All rights reserved.


Clarke, S. (2002). Learning from experience: Psycho-social research methods in the social sciences. Qualitative Research, 2(2), 173-194.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2002
Journal Qualitative Research
Print ISSN 1468-7941
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 2
Issue 2
Pages 173-194
Keywords psycho-social research methods, social sciences
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