Book Launch: Researching the Unconscious by Michael Rustin

Event overview

The Editors (Margot Waddell, Jocelyn Catty and Kate Stratton) of the Tavistock Clinic/Routledge Book Series are pleased to invite you to the Launch of Researching the Unconscious: Principles of Psychoanalytic Method, by Michael Rustin

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Trust Chief Executive Paul Jenkins will join Margot, Jocelyn, and Kate in introducing the publication, and Michael will briefly outline what his book is about.

There will be drinks and light refreshments, and the opportunity to meet other guests.

About the book

Researching the Unconscious provides an exposition of key issues in the philosophy and methods of the social sciences that are relevant to psychoanalysis, both as a clinical practice and as a human science.

These include the debates initiated by Thomas Kuhn’s theory of scientific revolutions, the "actor-network theory" of Bruno Latour, the ideas of philosophical realism, distinctions between "meaningful" and "causal" explanation, and the relevance of complexity theory and "part–whole analysis" to psychoanalysis. The book goes on to discuss specific forms and methods of psychoanalytical research, including the role of case studies, of outcome research, and of "grounded theory" as a key methodological resource, of which it provides a detailed example. The book concludes by outlining principles and methods for psychoanalytic research in the wider contexts of infant observational studies, society, and culture.

Michael Rustin provides a unifying account of the methodological principles that underlie the generation of knowledge in psychoanalysis, in the light of recent developments in the philosophy and sociology of science. In doing so, it provides a coherent rationale for psychoanalytic investigation, which will be of value to those pursuing research in this field.

About the author

Michael Rustin is a Professor of Sociology at the University of East London, and a Visiting Professor at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, and at the University of Essex. He is an Associate of the British Psychoanalytical Society, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

He has been a contributor to psychoanalytic thinking about politics, society and culture over many years, and has had significant responsibility for the academic accreditation of postgraduate programmes of psychoanalytic study at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust.

He has written, edited or co-edited 17 books, and published many journal articles and book chapters. He is a founding editor of Soundings, and a member of the editorial boards of The International Journal of the International Journal of Infant Observation, and Psychoanalysis Culture and Society.

22 May 2019 18:00 to 20:30