Transference and Subjective Implication: Psychoanalytic Reflections on an Action Research

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Action Research; Transference; Subjective Implication; Organizational Studies

Abstract

This paper aims to use the Freudian psychoanalytic approach to explain the process of interaction between researchers and subjects participating in action research, bringing a new contribution to organizational studies. It is hoped that this research will promote the self-reflection of researchers in this research process, highlighting the complexities of the transferential dynamics and subjective implication of field interactions. With this objective in mind, key psychoanalytic concepts are explored and definitions of action research are presented. This is achieved by describing how it was carried out in a waste pickers’ association, as well as how the reciprocal influences between the subjects participating in the research are constituted and the constituents of the research and its results, through an analysis of the transferential dynamics and subjective implications between those involved.

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Mariana Mayumi Souza, Federal University of Viçosa

Ph.D. in Administration from the Federal University of Minas Gerais. Adjunct Professor at the Federal University of Viçosa, Florestal Campus. Member of the Study Group on Participation and Subjectivity (NEPS). Mariana works mainly with the following themes: critical theory; critical theory of technology; social technologies; collaborative management and self-management; identity in organizations.

E-mail: mariana.mayumi@ufv.br

ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2845-9214

Ana Paula Paes de Paula, Federal University of Minas Gerais

Ph.D. in Social Sciences from the University of Campinas, with a post-doctoral degree in Administration from Fundação Getúlio Vargas. Full-time Professor at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. Coordinator of the Study Group on Participation and Subjectivity (NEPS). She works mainly with the following themes: epistemology in organizational studies; social movements, social participation, and cyberdemocracy; alternative experiences, solidarity economy, and social technologies; dialogic management, collaborative management, and self-management; subjectivity, psychosociology, and psychoanalysis of groups and organizations.

E-mail: appp.ufmg@gmail.com

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8035-472X

Published

2021-12-01

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Souza MM, Paes de Paula AP. Transference and Subjective Implication: Psychoanalytic Reflections on an Action Research. Organ. Soc. [Internet]. 2021Dec.1 [cited 2022Jan.25];28(99). Available from: https://periodicos.ufba.br/index.php/revistaoes/article/view/42096

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