This book has two main aims: firstly, to provide a rare, detailed description of the use of a psychoanalytically informed, reflexive research method to achieve an in-depth understanding of social phenomena; and secondly, to throw some much needed light onto the complex, intrapsychic and interpersonal influences that impact upon "military wives" who accompany members of the British Armed Forces to postings overseas. These arguments are particularly relevant at a time when the military is over-stretched, given that unhappy wives can adversely affect the retention of servicemen. This is an important contribution to the on-going development of psycho-social studies.
Table of Contents
Introduction -- Military life -- Change, loss, and relocation -- The influence of reactivated primitive psychological processes -- Using psychoanalytic thinking to enhance understanding -- Making psycho-social sense of emotional experiences -- Concluding remarks and policy implications -- Appendix