On this page you will find selected publications by members of The International Research Group for Psycho-Societal Analysis.


Cultural Analysis Now! Alfred Lorenzer and the In-Depth Hermeneutics of Culture and Society (2022).

The book is edited by book_Cultural+Analysisthree members of the research group: Katharina Rothe, Steffen Krüger, and Daniel Rosengart. Cultural Analysis Now! is a key publication for the group, as it represents a major concerted effort to translate key texts from Lorenzer’s theoretical corpus from German to English.

Special issues

There are two special journal issues emerging from the research group, which reflect our interest in the theory and methodology of the German psychoanalyst and sociologist Alfred Lorenzer (1922–2002):

Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society. Special issue. Alfred Lorenzer and the depth-hermeneutic method.  Eds. Mechthild Bereswill, Christine Morgenroth & Peter Redman. Vol 15(3) 2010: 213-314.

Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research. Thematic issue. Cultural Analysis and In-depth Hermeneutics – Psycho-societal Analysis of Everyday Life Culture, Interaction, and Learning. Ed. Henning Salling Olesen. Vol 13(3) 2012.

A third special issue, in the Journal of Psychosocial Studies, concerns Psychosocial approaches to neoliberal policies, welfare institutions and practices in the Nordic welfare states. Eds. Linda Lundgaard Anderson & Betina Dybbroe. Vol 13(3). 2020.

Other publications by the group’s members

Lading, Å. & Salling Olesen, H. (2022). Pandemic, politics and people: a psychosocial analysis of the first month of COVID-19 in Denmark. Journal of Psychosocial Studies. 15(1): 1-14.

Rüsselbæk, D.H. & Mellon, K. (2022). The tyranny of student satisfaction: Cruel optimistic fantasies in education. 14(2): 172-185.

Ramvi, E., Lavik, M.H. & Gripsrud, B.H. (2021). Who thinks about death? A psychoanalytically informed interpretive study of communication about death among nursing home staff, Journal of Social Work Practice. DOI: 10.1080/02650533.2021.1981277

Våpenstad, E. V. & Bakkenget, B. (2021). Pre-verbal Children’s Participation in a New Key. How Intersubjectivity Can Contribute to Understanding and Implementation of Child Rights in Early Childhood. Frontiers in Psychology, 12.

Gripsrud, B.H. (2021). Mothering death: A psychosocial interpretation of breast cancer biography. Qualitative Studies. Special issue on Suffering in Contemporary Culture. Vol 6(1): 38-67.

Andersen, L. L. (2020). Social innovation in welfare practices: identification, idealisation and shame. Journal of Psychosocial Studies. Vol 13(3): 235-245.

Gripsrud, B. H., Ramvi, E. & Ribers, B. (2020). Couldn’t care less? A psychosocial analysis of contemporary cancer care as a case of borderline welfare. Special issue on Psychosocial approaches to neoliberal policies, welfare institutions and practices in the Nordic welfare states (Eds. Lundgaard Andersen & Dybbroe). Journal of Psychosocial Studies. Vol 13(3): 247-262.

Krüger, S. & Spilde, A. C. (2020). Judging books by their cover – Tinder interface, usage and sociocultural implications. Information, Communication and Society. Vol 23(10): 1395-1410.

Manley, J. (2020). The jewel in the corona: crisis, the creativity of social dreaming, and climate change. Journal of Social Work Practice 34(4): 429-445.

Krüger, S. (2019). The authoritarian dimension in digital self-tracking: containment, commodification, subjugation. In King, V., Rosa, H. & Gerisch, B. (eds.), ‘Lost in Perfection’. Impacts of Optimization on Culture and Psyche. London: Routledge.

Salling Olesen, H. (ed.) (2019). The Societal Unconscious. Psychosocial Perspectives on Adult Learning. Leiden/Boston: Brill.

Hjort, K. (2019). Affective work and access to excellence: Reorganizing Nordic welfare. Advances in Social Science Research Journal. 6(1). DOI: https://doi.org/10.14738/assrj.61.6062

Froggett, L., Muller, L. & Bennett, J. (2019). The work of the audience: visual matrix methodology in museums. Cultural Trends. 28:2-3: 162-176.

Ramvi, E., Manley, J., Froggett, L., Liveng, A., Lading, Å., Hollway, W., & Gripsrud, B.H. (2019). The Visual Matrix method in a study of death and dying: Methodological reflections. Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society. 24(1): 31-52.

Manley, J. & Hollway, W. (2019). Climate change, social dreaming and art: Thinking the unthinkable. In Hoggett, P. (ed). (2019) Climate Psychology. On Indifference to Disaster. London: Palgrave: 129-152

Krüger, S., Figlio, K. & Richards, B. (2018). Fomenting Political Violence – Fantasy, Language, Media, Action. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Salling Olesen, H. & Leithäuser, T. (2018). Psycho-societal interpretation of the unconscious dimensions in everyday life. Chapter in Stamenova, K. & Hinshelwood, B. (eds.) Methods of Research into the Unconscious: Applying Psychoanalytic Ideas to Social Science. Routledge: 70-86.

Salling Olesen, H. (2018). Da pedagogia à investigacão em historia de vida: um giro em direcão à interpretacão psicossocial. Chapter in Menna Barreto Abrahão, M. H. (ed.) A Nova Aventura (Auto)biográfica II. P. Alegre: Edipucrs: 97-130

Ribers, B. (2018). The plight to dissent: Professional integrity and ethical perception in the institutional care work of early childhood educators. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal. DOI: 10.1080/1350293X.2018.1533707

Gripsrud, B.H., Ramvi, E. & Mellon, K. (2018). Depth-hermeneutics: A psychosocial approach to facilitate reflective practice for teachers? Reflective Practice. 19(5): 638-652.

Gripsrud, B.H., Ramvi, E., Froggett, L., Hellstrand, I. & Manley, J. (2018). Psychosocial and symbolic dimensions of the breast explored through a Visual Matrix. NORA: Nordic Journal of Gender and Feminist Research. 26(3): 210-229.

Moen, K. (2018). Death at work: Existential and psychosocial perspectives on end-of-life care. Palgrave Macmillan.

Lundgaard Andersen, L. & Dybbroe, B. (2017). Introspection as intra-professionalism in social and health care. Journal of Social Work Practice. 31(1): 21-35.

Krüger, S. & Rustad, G. (2017). Coping with shame in a media-saturated society – The Norwegian web-series Skam as transitional object. Television and New Media, published online: 22/11/2017.

Krüger, S. (2017). ‘Barbarous Hordes, Brutal Elites’ – The Traumatic Structure of Right-Wing Populism. e-flux, #83, summer 2017.

Krüger, S. (2017). Dropping Depth Hermeneutics into Psychosocial Studies – a Lorenzerian perspective. The Journal of Psychosocial Studies, 10(1): 47-66.

Krüger, S. (2017). Unable to mourn again? Media(ted) responses to Neo-Nazi terror in Germany. In: Auestad, L., (ed.). Shared Traumas, Silent Loss – Public and Private Mourning, Karnac, 2017: 59–76.

Liveng, A., Ramvi, E., Froggett, L., Manley, J., Hollway, W.,  Lading, Å., Gripsrud, B.H. (2017). Imagining Transitions in old Age through the Visual Matrix Method: Thinking about what is hard to bear. Journal of Social Work Practice. 31(2): 155-170.

Manley, J. & Roy, A. (2017). The visual matrix: A psycho-social method for discovering unspoken complexities in social care practice. Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society. 22(2): 132-153.

Ramvi, E. & Gripsrud, B.H. (2017) Silence about encounters with dying among health care professionals in a society which de-tabooises death. Special issue. International Practice Development Journal. Vol.7. September 2017.

Ramvi, E. (2017). Passing the Buck, or Thinking about Experience? Conditions for Professional Development among Teachers in a Norwegian Middle School. Open Journal of Social Sciences. 5(2): 139-156.

Rüsselbæk Hansen, D. and Bøje, J. D. (2017). The ‘strong’ state and the ‘soft’ market in educational reform processes: Management philosophies and their consequences. Power and Education. 9(1): 18-36.

Rüsselbæk Hansen, D. and Frederiksen, F. (2017). The ‘Crucified’ Leader: Cynicism, Fantasies and Paradoxes in Education. Studies in Philosophy and Education. 36(4): 425-441.

Lundgaard Andersen, L. (2016). A psycho-societal perspective on neoliberal welfare services in Denmark: Identification and ambivalence. Journal of Psycho-Social Studies. 9(1): 1-16.

Salling Olesen, H. (2016). A psycho-societal approach to life histories. In I. Goodson, A. Antikainen, P. Sikes & M. Andrews (Eds.), The Routledge International Handbook on Narrative and Life History. London: Routledge: 214-224.

Lundgaard Andersen, L. (2015). Micro-processes of collaborative innovation in Danish welfare settings: a psychosocial approach to learning and performance. In Collaborative innovation in the public sector: Northern European experiences. Eds. Agger, Damgaard, Krogh, Sørensen. Bentham EBooks

Froggett, L., Manley, J., & Roy, A. (2015). The visual matrix method: imagery and affect in a group-based research setting. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research. 14(3).

Froggett, L.; Ramvi, E.; Davies, L. (2015). Thinking from Experience in Psychosocial Practice: Reclaiming and Teaching ‘Use of Self’. Journal of Social Work Practice. 29(2): 133-150.

Hollway, W. (2015). Knowing Mothers: Researching Maternal Identity Change. Basingstoke: Pallgrave Macmillan.

Ramvi, E. (2015). I am only a nurse: a biographical narrative study of a nurse’s self-understanding and its implication for practice. BMC Nursing, 14, 23. http://doi.org/10.1186/s12912-015-0073-y

Froggett, L., Conroy, M., Manley, J., & Roy, A. (2014). Between art and social science: Scenic composition as a methodological device. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 15(5).

Krüger, S. & Johanssen, J. (2014). Alienation and Digital Labour—A Depth-Hermeneutic Inquiry into Online Commodification and the Unconscious . Special issue. Triple C. 12(2).

Salling Olesen, H. (2014). Learning and the Psycho-Societal Nature of Social Practice:
Tracing the Invisible Social Dimension in Work and Learning. Forum Oświatowe,
2(52): 11-27. Retrieved from: http://forumoswiatowe.pl/index.php/czasopismo/article/

Decker, O., Rothe, K., Weissmann, M., Kiess, J., Brähler, E. (2013). Economic prosperity as “narcissistic filling”: A missing link between political attitudes and right-wing authoritarianism. Conflict & Violence. 7(1): 135-149.

Salling Olesen, H. (2013). The societal nature of subjectivity: An interdisciplinary methodological challenge. Historical Social Research / Historische Sozialforschung
Vol. 38, No. 2 (144): 7-25.

Lundgaard Andersen, L. (2012). Inner and Outer Life at Work. The Roots and Horizon of Psychoanalytically Informed Work Life Research. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research. 13(3), Art. 26.

Ramvi, E. (2012). A Psychoanalytic Approach to Fieldwork. Journal of Research Practice 8(2). Article M8.

Lundgaard Andersen, L. (2012). Interaction, transference, and subjectivity: A psychoanalytic approach to fieldwork. Journal of Research Practice, 8(2), Article M3.

Lundgaard Andersen, L. & Soldz, S. (2012) Special Issue: New approaches in psychodynamic research. Journal for Research Practice. 8(2).

Dybbroe, B. (2012). Work Identity and Contradictory Experiences of Welfare Workers in a Life-history Perspective. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research. 13(3).

Hansson, B. & Dybrroe, B. (2012). Autoethnography and psychodynamics in interrelational spaces of the research process. Journal of Research Practice. 8(2). Article M6 (online).

Leithäuser, T. (2012). Psychoanalysis, Socialization and Society—The Psychoanalytical Thought and Interpretation of Alfred Lorenzer. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research. 13(3).

Morgenroth, C. (2012). Deciphering Political Utopias. Unions, Female Night Work, and Gender Justice. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research. 13(3).

Salling Olesen, H. & Weber, K. (2012). Socialization, Language, and Scenic Understanding. Alfred Lorenzer’s Contribution to a Psycho-societal Methodology. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research. 13(3).

Rothe, K. (2012). Anti-semitism in Germany today and the intergenerational transmission of guilt and shame. Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society. 17(1): 16-34.

Soldz, S., & Lundgaard Andersen, L. (2012). Expanding subjectivities: Introduction to the special issue on ‘New directions in psychodynamic research’. Journal of Research Practice, 8(2), Article E2.

Weber, K. (2012). Learning, Work, and Language Games. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research. 13(3).

Ramvi, E. (2011). The risk of entering relationships: experiences from a Norwegian hospital. Journal of Social Work Practice, 25(3): 285-296.

Bereswill, M. Morgenroth, C. & Redman, P. (2010). Alfred Lorenzer and the depth-hermeneutic method. Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society. 15(3): 221-250.

Bereswill, M. & Morgenroth, C. (2010). The depth-hermeneutic approach in cultural and media analysis: A conversation with Ulrike Prokop. Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society. 15(3): 302-314.

Froggett, W. & Hollway, W. (2010). Psychosocial research analysis and scenic understanding. Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society. 15(3): 281-301.

Liebsch, K. (2010). Symbolic interaction forms versus cliches: On the function and impact of religious symbolizations in the evangelical milieu. Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society. 15(3): 251-266.

Morgenroth, C. (2010). The research relationship, enactments and ‘counter-transference’ analysis: On the significance of scenic understanding. Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society. 15(3): 267-280.

Ramvi, E., & Davies, L. (2010). Gender, Mothering and Relational Work. Journal of Social Work Practice. 24(4): 445 – 460.

Ramvi, E. (2010). Out of control: A teacher’s account. Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society. 15(4): 328-345.

Roseneil, S. (2009). Haunting in an age of individualization: Subjectivity, relationality and the traces of the lives of others. European Societies. 11(3): 411-430.

Hollway, W. (2008). The importance of relational thinking in the practice of psycho-social research: ontology, epistemology, methodology and ethics. In: Clarke, S.; Hoggett, P. & Hahn, H. (eds.). Object relations and social relations: The implications of the relational turn in psychoanalysis. Exploring Psycho-Social Studies. London, UK: Karnac: 137–162.

Hollway, W. (2008). Turning psychosocial? Towards a UK network. Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society. 13: 199. https://doi.org/10.1057/pcs.2008.10

Lundgaard Andersen, L. (2005). The Long Gone Promises of Social Work. Ambivalence and Individualisation in a Social Services Administration. Journal of Social Work Practice. 19(1): 73-86­.

Lundgaard Andersen, L. (2003). When the Unconscious Joins the Game. A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Modernization and Change. Forum Qualitative SozialforschungForum Qualitative Social Research. Special Issue on Subjectivity and Reflexivity in Qualitative Research. (Eds) Breuer, Mruck, & Roth. 4(3).

Tietel, E. (2000). The Interview as a Relational Space. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research. 1(2).