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Anomalous Experience and Qualitative Research: An Introduction to the Special Issue

UNSPECIFIED (2010) Anomalous Experience and Qualitative Research: An Introduction to the Special Issue. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 7 (1). pp. 1-4.

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Abstract

The authors provide an introduction to the articles and commentaries which comprise the special issue on anomalous experience and qualitative research. It is argued that within psychology there have been two broad responses to reports of paranormal experiences: laboratory-based parapsychological studies and studies which seek to identify the determining factors that lead people to believe that they have experienced paranormal phenomena. However, recently an alternative perspective has developed in which the analytic goal is not to explain away or corroborate participants' claims or experiences but to understand in more detail their significance as psychological, social, and cultural events. The articles which comprise this special issue contribute to this development. They all begin from the assumption that anomalous experiences are fundamentally meaningful events, symbolically mediated through language and communication, which are inextricably enmeshed in the fabric of interpersonal actions in social settings, and reflect their broader historical and cultural context. What also unites these articles is that they show how the qualitative analysis of events or experiences can contribute to our understanding of fundamental psychological and social psychological processes.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Qualitative Research in Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: anomalous ; conversation analysis ; discourse analysis ; interpretative phenomenological analysis ; parapsychology ; qualitative
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 57335
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 17 Aug 2012 10:02
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2012 10:02
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/57335

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