Turning Psychosocial? Towards a UK Network


This is a report of a 2-day meeting to explore the potential of establishing a British network of academics who share a psychosocial approach to teaching, research and application. I summarize the background to the event, its programme and the key themes for small group discussion and plenary group sessions. It was based on the principles of maximizing dialogue using minimal structure and supporting reflexivity in the pursuit of its tasks and in the recognition of differences and similarities. The report ends by considering some of the differences and similarities between this UK group and my experience of the annual APCS meetings.

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    For example, a large government-funded research programme entitled Identities and Social Action (www.identities.org.uk) contains at least six projects that are broadly psychosocial in approach: Hollway and Phoenix, Clarke and Garner, Walkerdine and Fairbrother, Thomson and Kehily, Skeggs and Wood, and Reay et al.

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Correspondence to Wendy Hollway.

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Hollway, W. Turning Psychosocial? Towards a UK Network. Psychoanal Cult Soc 13, 199–204 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1057/pcs.2008.10

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  • psychosocial network
  • individual–society dualism
  • interdisciplinary social science
  • object relations
  • reflexivity