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Dr Peter Redman

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Research interests

I studied at the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies in Birmingham, a background that continues to inform my thinking.  However,  I now work in the fields of psychoanalytic sociology and psychosocial studies and am broadly interested in the unconscious dimensions of social life, particularly those that can be said to have a collective or properly social character.

With Stephen Frosh and Wendy Hollway, I edit the Palgrave book series, Studies in the Psychosocial and am a former editor of the journal, Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society.  I am on the advisory board of the book series Psychoanalytic Horizons and  a member of the British Sociological Association, the Association for Psychosocial Studies, the BSA Sociology, Psychoanalysis and the Psychosocial study group, and the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture & Society.

With Wendy Maples, I  co-authored Good Essay Writing: A Social Sciences Guide (Sage, 2017) now in its fifth edition.

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

Teaching interests

I have taught on a range of OU sociology and interdisicplinary social science modules and am currently qualification lead for R23 BA (Hons) Social Sciences, R46 BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology and a proposed single honours sociology degree.

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


A Sad Story? Time, Interpretation and Feeling in Biographical Methods (2023)
Thomson, Rachel; Owens, Rachael; Redman, Peter and Webb, Rebecca
Child Care in Practice, 29(3) (pp. 260-277)

Introduction to the special issue on psychoanalysis and sociology (2019-12)
Redman, Peter and Walsh, Julie
Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, 24(4) (pp. 385-395)

Gratitude and leave-taking: Editorial reflections, 2003-2017 (2017-12-31)
Layton, Lynne and Redman, Peter
Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society, 22(4) (pp. 347-363)

Once more with feeling: What is the psychosocial anyway? (2016-05-26)
Redman, Peter
The Journal of Psychosocial Studies, 9(1) (pp. 73-93)

Special issue on Alfred Lorenzer: Introduction (2010-09-23)
Redman, Peter; Bereswill, Mechthild and Morgenroth, Christine
Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, 15(3) (pp. 213-220)

Alfred Lorenzer and the depth-hermeneutic method (2010-09)
Bereswill, Mechthild; Morgenroth, Christine and Redman, Peter
Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, 15(3) (pp. 221-250)

Comments on the status of Boyhood Studies (2009-09-01)
Chu, Judy Y.; Drummond, Murray; Redman, Peter; Fine, Gary Alan; Morrell, Robert; Keddie, Amanda; Korobov, Neill; Janssen, Diederik F.; Pallotta-Chiarolli, Maria; Kehily, Mary Jane; Timimi, Sami; Pomerance, Murray and Levant, Ronald F.
Boyhood Studies, 3(2) (pp. 111-154)

Affect revisited: transference-countertransference and the unconscious dimensions of affective, felt and emotional experience (2009-04)
Redman, Peter
Subjectivity, 26(1) (pp. 51-68)

Who cares about the psycho-social?: masculinities, schooling and the unconscious (2005-12)
Redman, Peter
Gender and Education, 17(5) (pp. 531-538)

The Narrative formation of identity revisited: narrative construction, agency and the unconscious (2005-04)
Redman, Peter
Narrative Inquiry, 15(1) (pp. 25-44)

Boys Bonding: same-sex friendship, the unconscious and heterosexual masculinities (2002-08)
Redman, Peter; Epstein, Debbie; Kehily, Mary Jane and Mac an Ghaill, Mairtin
Discourse, 23(2) (pp. 179-191)

Boys and girls come out to play: making masculinities and femininities in school playgrounds (2001-10-01)
Epstein, Debbie; Kehily, Mary; Mac an Ghaill, Mairtin and Redman, Peter
Men and Masculinities, 4(2) (pp. 158-172)

The Discipline of love: negotiation and regulation in boys' performance of a romance-based heterosexual masculinity (2001-10-01)
Redman, Peter
Men and Masculinities, 4(2) (pp. 186-200)

Private girls and public worlds: producing femininities in the primary school (2001-08)
Kehily, Mary Jane; Mac An Ghaill, Martin; Epstein, Debbie and Redman, Peter
Discourse, 23(2) (pp. 167-177)

A psychosocial coming into play: Researching authenticity in therapy, the academy, and friendship (2023-07-03)
Fang, Nini; Pirrie, Anne and Redman, Peter
In: Tudor, Keith and Wyatt, Jonathan eds. Qualitative Research Approaches for Psychotherapy: Reflexivity, Methodology, and Criticality. (pp. 45-57)
ISBN : 9781032249469 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon, Oxon

Graham Dawson’s Soldier Heroes: An Overlooked Classic of Psychosocial Studies (2022-07-23)
Redman, Peter
In: Frosh, Stephen; Vyrgioti, Marita and Walsh, Julie eds. The Palgrave Handbook of Psychosocial Studies
ISBN : 978-3-030-61510-9 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : Cham

Too much, too young? Social media, moral panics and young people’s mental health (2021-05-06)
Redman, Peter
In: Perriam, Jessamy and Carter, Simon eds. Understanding Digital Societies (pp. 387-422)
ISBN : 978-1-5297-3257-3 | Publisher : Sage/The Open University | Published : London

'I just wanted her out': Attachment, the psycho-social and media texts (2008)
Redman, Peter and Whitehouse-Hart, Joanne
In: Redman, Peter ed. Attachment; Sociology and social worlds (pp. 51-82)
ISBN : 9780719078125 | Publisher : Manchester University Press | Published : Manchester, UK

The uses of sociology: introduction (2005)
Redman, Peter; Silva, Elizabeth and Watson, Sophie
In: Redman, Peter; Silva, Elizabeth and Watson, Sophie eds. The Uses of Sociology (ix-xiv)
ISBN : 0-7492 6826 3 | Publisher : Open University Worldwide | Published : UK

Attachment: Sociology and social worlds (2008)
Redman, Peter ed.
ISBN : 9780719078125 | Publisher : Manchester University Press | Published : Manchester, UK