The chapter lays the theoretical and epistemological foundations on which the ethnographic analysis contained in the subsequent chapters is based. It explores how a particular kind of psychoanalytic approach and practice (intersubjective and relational) can be successfully utilized in ethnographic research to investigate the subjectivity of the ethnographer’s informants. It delves into the perspective from which masculinity is looked at in the book—that is, as a “cultural turf” onto which broader, personal psychological dynamics are played out. It then describes the methodology with which the research was carried out, which amounts to a “clinical ethnography,” characterized by long-term interview sessions with a select group of informants. Finally, it provides a rationale for the choice of such a methodological approach, by highlighting the intimate contiguity between the analyst’s and the ethnographer’s work in the field.
Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.