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Dr Peter Redman

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer in Sociology
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Hist, Rel St, Soc, SP&C
  • Sociology
  • peter.redman

Research interests

My research has two main strands. The first focuses on the relationship between unconscious processes and social formations, in particular in relation to questions of cultural identity. Although this can be seen as belonging to a tradition of psychoanalytically-informed sociology and cultural studies, it is perhaps better located on the terrain of an emerging 'psychosocial' field of interdisciplinary enquiry. The second strand of my research addresses the making and remaking of heterosexual masculinities. In the past, much of this has dealt with masculinities and schooling. However, my more recent work has explored formations of heterosexual masculinity in the immediate post-war years via a detailed investigation of a previously under-explored component of Mass-Observation's 'Little Kinsey' sex survey, conducted in 1949.

I am, in addition, co-editor of the journal, Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, and a series editor, with Stephen Frosh and Wendy Hollway, of the Palgrave book series, ‘Studies in the Psychosocial’. I am on the steering group of the Psychosocial Studies Network, a board member of the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society, and sit on the advisory boards of Thymos: Journal of Boyhood Studies and Free Associations. I am also a member of and the International Research Group for Psycho-Societal Analysis.

Redman, P., Bereswill, M. and Morgenroth, P. (2010) ‘Special issue on Alfred Lorenzer: Introduction’, Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 214-211, ISSN: 1088-0763 (print) 1543-3390 (online) (Special Issue: Alfred Lorenzer and the depth-hermeneutic method, eds M. Bereswill, C. Morgenroth and P. Redman)

Bereswill, M., Morgenroth, C. and Redman, P. (2010) ‘Alfred Lorenzer and the depth-hermeneutic method’, Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 222-252, ISSN: 1088-0763 (print) 1543-3390 (online) (Special Issue: Alfred Lorenzer and the depth-hermeneutic method, eds M. Bereswill, C. Morgenroth and P. Redman)

Redman, P. (2009) ‘Comments on the status of Boyhood Studies’, Thymos: Journal of Boyhood Studies, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 115-117, ISSN 1931-9045/E-ISSN 1872-4329., ISSN 1931-9045/E-ISSN 1872-4329.

Redman, P. (2009) ‘Affect revisited: Transference-countertransference and the unconscious dimensions of affective, felt and emotional experience’, Subjectivity, vol. 26, pp. 51-68, ISSN 1755-6341. (Special Issue: Papers from the Subjectivity International Conference, Cardiff University, 27-29 June 2008).

Redman, P. (ed.) (2008) Attachment: Sociology and Social Worlds, Manchester, Manchester University Press with The Open University.

Redman, P. and Whitehouse-Hart, J. (2008) ‘I just wanted her out: Attachment, the psycho-social and media texts’, in Redman, P. (ed.) (2008)

Redman, P. (2005) ‘Who cares about the psycho-social?: Masculinities, schooling and the unconscious’, Gender and Education, vol. 17, no. 5. pp. 531-538

Redman, P. (2005) ‘The narrative formation of identity revisited: Narrative construction, agency and the unconscious’, Narrative Inquiry, vol. 15, no.1, pp. 25-44

I am also co-author, with Wendy Maples, of the best-selling study skills book, Good Essay Writing: A Social Sciences Guide (London, Sage with The Open University, 2011), now in its fourth edition.

A repository of research publications and other research outputs can be viewed at The Open University's Open Research Online.

Teaching interests

Currently 'Director of Curriculum and Teaching' for the Department of Sociology and a member of the production team for the new second-level interdisciplinary module, The uses of social science (DD206).

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
CCIG: Psycho-Social ProgrammeProgrammeFaculty of Social Sciences
Centre for Citizenship, Identifies and Governance (CCIG)CentreFaculty of Social Sciences
Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC)CentreFaculty of Social Sciences