The Relational Tradition
Title: The Relational Tradition: Landscape and Canon
Author: Adrienne E. Harris
Abstract: This essay charts the origins, influences, and evolution of the relational tradition in contemporary psychoanalysis. Considering the theoretical and philosophical influences from nineteenth-century Americans like William James and C. S Pierce, and noting the seminal modern work of Steven Mitchell and Jay Greenberg in opening a critique of one-person focused drive theory, the essay follows developments over a quarter century. Hallmarks of the relational approach—social construction, two-person psychologies, multiple self-states, social regulation and construction of identities like gender and sexual orientation, and an evolving theory of clinical practice—are reviewed. New developments in clinical theory, in the study of identity categories, in the work on embodiment and enactment, and in developmental models are also reviewed.
Which Identities Matter?
“Following V. D. Miller, Allen, Casey, and Johnson (2000) and Cheney (1983), we seek to characterize, rather than simply quantify, participants’ understandings of their attachments to group, organization,
and profession and the stresses associated with those attachments.”
Dilemmas in Qualitative Interviews
“The paper explores some of the emotional and ethical tensions in analysing and presenting research results and briefly discusses some implications for research training.”
Stories in Organizations
“This conceptual piece generates additional insight into the topic of narrative by focusing on stories that are repeated in organizations, which we believe adds to theory in several ways.”