The Visual Matrix method in a study of death and dying: Methodological reflections

Ellen Ramvi, Julian Manley, Lynn Froggett, Anne Liveng, Åse Høgsbro Lading, Wendy Hollway, Birgitta Haga Gripsrud

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The visual matrix method is designed to elicit imagistic and associative
contributions established collectively amongst participants in a group setting. In this article, a hard-to-reach area of experience – death and dying – illustrates the production of shared cultural images beyond individual experience. Our dual purpose was to assess the suitability of the method for this challenging topic, and to understand the ways in which death figured in the imagination of the participants. Three theorists, Wilfred Bion, Alfred Lorenzer and Gilles Deleuze, enable us to theorise psychosocial processes of symbolisation beyond cognition.
TidsskriftPsychoanalysis, Culture & Society
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)31–52
Antal sider22
StatusUdgivet - 2019
BegivenhedVisual Matrix: Psychosocial research - Stavanger, Stavanger, Norge
Varighed: 13 nov. 201415 nov. 2014


WorkshopVisual Matrix
AndetThe workshop series Exploring Life Transitions in Old Age through a Visual Matrix (2014–15) was funded by The Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS)

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