Media Research and Psychoanalysis: A Suggestion

Johanssen, J. 2016. Media Research and Psychoanalysis: A Suggestion. International Communication Gazette. 78 (7), pp. 688-693. doi:10.1177/1748048516655730

TitleMedia Research and Psychoanalysis: A Suggestion
AuthorsJohanssen, J.
Abstract

This short commentary outlines psychoanalysis as a theory and method and its potential value to media research. Following Dahlgren (2013), it is suggested that psychoanalysis may enrich the field because it may offer a complex theory of the human subject, as well as methodological means of doing justice to the richness, ambivalence and contradictions of human experience. The psychoanalytic technique of free association and how it has been adapted in social research (Hollway and Jefferson 2000) is suggested as a means to open up subjective modes of expression and thinking – in researchers and research participants alike – that lie beyond rationality and conscious agency.

KeywordsPsychoanalysis, theory, subject, free association, methodology.
JournalInternational Communication Gazette
Journal citation78 (7), pp. 688-693
ISSN1748-0485
Year2016
PublisherSage
Accepted author manuscript
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1177/1748048516655730
Web address (URL)http://gaz.sagepub.com/
Publication dates
Published01 Jul 2016
Published in printNov 2016

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