Bridging the Social with What Unfolds in the Psyche: The Psychosocial in Ethnographic Research
In this chapter, Erol Saglam approaches ethnographic research from a psychosocial perspective. He suggests that ethnography has long been associated with the analysis of social structures and abstained from paying due attention to more psychic dynamics, such as fantasies, dreams, hauntings, and other unconscious forces, which have conventionally been associated with individual(ized) processes. Drawing on his own ethnographic research in Turkey, Saglam explores the potential unlocked through the incorporation of such personal elements into social analyses. The chapter argues that ethnographically bridging the social and the psychic is possible and results in a more comprehensive outlook, helping us understand how the interplay between the social and the individual unfolds as well as how subjectivities are forged through this interplay.
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