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Social Science Methods for Psychodynamic Inquiry

The Unconscious on the World Scene

Authors: Meyers, William R

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  • Explores the role of empathy in clinical understanding
    Sheds light on how to conduct research on psychodynamic matters in a scientifically credible way
    Utilizes survey research, content analysis and narrative analysis

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This book explains, with case examples, a variety of social science research methods suitable for studying the unconscious components of irrational social and political actions in world affairs, which can be defined as those that are intensely destructive, self-destructive, or extremely bizarre. The book argues that they are driven in part by feelings and fantasies that are outside of conscious awareness. Meyers explores the role of empathy in clinical understanding, as well as the value of exposing assertions to empirical disconfirmation. With a variety of research methods such as survey research, content analysis, and narrative analysis, and case examples such as studies of 'irreal' statements by authoritarian leaders, fabricated newspaper articles and climate change denial, this book sheds light on how to conduct research on psychodynamic matters in a scientifically valid and credible way.

About the authors

William R. Meyers is Professor Emeritus in Psychology at the University of Cincinnati, USA. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, was on the faculty of Harvard and M.I.T., and has served as the Director of Research for the Peace Corps.

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“Meyers’ book is a stunning and important contribution to an exploration of how our world turns. … the book seems to me to be important for our times. … It offers a sense of urgency about our survival (climate change, for example or corporate greed) and also suggests some paths to leading our lives with the empathy for others that may help save us.” (Katherine Burkman, Ohio State University, January, 2017) 

“This book is conceived as a guidebook and toolbox, a ‘how-to’ manual for inquiries into the psychodynamics of world politics. Offering small and easily accessible subchapters, Meyers outlines different methodological approaches to integrating social scientific and psychoanalytic viewpoints with the aim of shedding light on non-rational and bizarre aspects of world politics.” (Steffen Krüger, American Imago, Vol. 74 (2), 2017) 

“Meyers has produced a book about research methodologies that is quite readable and thoroughly enjoyable. … Meyers’ style and content have contributed to a book that is both comprehensible and relevant to understanding internal mental life and current world events. … recommend to anyone who prefers to ask questions a la the method of inquiry over the method of authority in which the king, organized religion, or the government dictate what constitutes the truth.” (Burton Norman Seitler, Clio’s Psyche, Vol. 22 (3), December, 2015)


“Meyers is a scholar who thinks deeply, practically, and creatively,  a scholar with far-ranging interests,  an astute observer of social, political, and cultural life.  Throughout, this book is a lively read.  It includes fascinating narratives on methods, constructs, and cases, and it references to a vast literature.  Its descriptions of methods are clear and helpful. Meyers seamlessly reaches across subdisciplinary boundaries in psychology, speaking to readers with interests in personality, clinical, social, critical, political, cultural, and community psychology. Throughout the book he combines traditional and emergent methods as well as quantitative and qualitative approaches with rigor and creativity to study what isn’t said and what lies behind contradictions. By pairing world events and psychological dynamics and describing how they can be studied together, Meyers offers us a gift.” (Susan Opotow, Professor, City University of New York, USA)

“A stunning and important contribution to an exploration of how our world turns … . There are so many ways that the author explores interrelationships among fields, whether he is looking at our political life, the arts, the relationship of politics, art, and science, or the way corporate America behaves, that one begins to appreciate the ways in which the unconscious drives all of our endeavors…important for our times. Although its aim is to “explain methods” by which the world’s problems may be investigated, combining “psychodynamic inquiry with social scientific procedures,” the book does more than that.  It offers a sense of urgency about our survival (climate change, for example or corporate greed) and also suggests some paths to leading our lives with the empathy for others that may help save us.” (Katherine Burkman, Professor Emeritus of English, Ohio  State University, USA)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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Hardcover $119.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Social Science Methods for Psychodynamic Inquiry
Book Subtitle
The Unconscious on the World Scene
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-52490-4
DOI
10.1057/9781137524904
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-52489-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-70698-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 253
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