*I would like to thank Paul Kingsbury, Geoff Mann, and the reviewers for their help with this article.
The Implications of Psychoanalysis for Qualitative Methodology: The Case of Interviews and Narrative Data Analysis*
Article first published online: 17 OCT 2007
The Professional Geographer
Volume 59, Issue 4, pages 537–546, November 2007
How to Cite
Thomas, M. E. (2007), The Implications of Psychoanalysis for Qualitative Methodology: The Case of Interviews and Narrative Data Analysis. The Professional Geographer, 59: 537–546. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9272.2007.00640.x
- Issue published online: 17 OCT 2007
- Article first published online: 17 OCT 2007
- Initial submission, January 2006; revised submission, May and November 2006; final acceptance, February 2007.
- qualitative methodology;
In this article I ask to what extent geographers can draw on psychoanalytic theory when examining interview data. I consider Freud's theory of the mind and its unconscious processes to ask how bringing the unconscious to bear on identity studies potentially impacts qualitative research on subjectivity and identification. Existing geographic debate on psychoanalytic theory and methods provides an organizing framework for my argument. Although the article advocates an ontology of the psychoanalytic subject, I suggest that researchers must avoid psychoanalyzing research subjects. This distinction limits the ways in which scholars can “read” personal narratives for unconscious processes.