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Visual methodologies, sand and psychoanalysis: Exploring creative participatory techniques to engage with subjective experiences through ‘the world technique’

Mannay, Dawn and Edwards, Victoria 2015. Visual methodologies, sand and psychoanalysis: Exploring creative participatory techniques to engage with subjective experiences through ‘the world technique’. Presented at: 4th International Visual Methods Conference, Brighton, UK, 16-18 September 2015.

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Abstract

This paper focuses on a visual data production approach developed drawing on ‘the world technique’ in which participants create three-dimensional scenes, pictures or abstract designs in a tray filled with sand and a range of miniature, realistic and fantasy, figures and everyday objects as part of a psychoanalytical therapy session. Although there have been objections to taking psychoanalysis outside of the clinical situation of the ‘consulting room’, the method proved useful in engaging participants at an affective level and the data production drew upon a psychoanalytical sensibility; which was psychoanalytically informed rather than psychoanalytical. Visual data production was facilitated on a one-to-one basis and participants were asked to talk through their visual sandbox scenes with the researcher. The elicitation process was characterised by a largely uninterrupted flow of talk with an attentive listener whose role it was to try and understand what is being said, so that the psychoanalytical paradigm became relevant and practical in the context of qualitative social science research. This paper argues that psychoanalytically informed techniques can be applied ethically and effectively as a research tool in qualitative inquiry; and open new windows to the subjectivities of participants.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LF Individual institutions (Europe)
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
T Technology > TR Photography
Uncontrolled Keywords: Elicitation Interviews; Sandboxing; Qualitative Methods; ‘The World Technique’; Visual Methodologies
Funders: CUROP
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2019 20:00
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/69105

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