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      Experiencias Subjetivas de Intimidad en Pareja: Un Dilema Social Contemporáneo Translated title: Subjective Experiences of Couples’ Intimacy: A Contemporary Social Dilemma

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          RESUMEN: Las transformaciones culturales recientes han reconfigurado la experiencia de intimidad. Este artículo presenta y discute los resultados de un estudio cualitativo conducido en Santiago de Chile, cuyo objetivo fue explorar, mediante relatos de vida temáticos y grupos focales, los significados atribuidos a las experiencias de intimidad en la relación de pareja por 64 hombres y mujeres de entre 38 y 45 años, en un muestreo de bola de nieve. Los resultados muestran que las personas encarnan en sus relaciones de pareja las tensiones que se desprenden de la coexistencia de distintos discursos sociales sobre las experiencias amorosas. Junto con anhelar amor e intimidad, expresan sentimientos de amenaza por la dependencia, pérdida de autonomía y renuncia a los proyectos personales, que asocian a la experiencia de pareja. Se discute que abordar dichas tensiones requiere una nueva conceptualización de intimidad, que la entienda como un proceso intersubjetivo discontinuo, marcado por experiencias de ruptura y reparación. Para esto, se utiliza el concepto psicoanalítico de terceridad, que considera los vínculos de intimidad como espacios de coconstrucción fuera de la lógica de la complementariedad.

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          ABSTRACT: Recent cultural transformations have reshaped the experience of intimacy. This article presents and discusses the results of a qualitative study -conducted in Santiago, Chile- aimed at exploring, through life stories and focus groups, the meanings attributed to intimate relationships by 64 men and women (ages 38 to 45), contacted through snow ball sampling. Results show that people embody in their intimate relationships the social tensions ensuing from the coexistence of different social discourses regarding intimate experiences. While yearning for love and intimacy, they also feel threatened by the dependence, the loss of autonomy, and the giving up of individual projects that they associate with being in a couple relationship. It is argued that tackling these tensions requires a new conceptualization of intimacy, one that understands it as a discontinuous intersubjective process, marked by experiences of rupture and repair. In order to do this, the psychoanalytic concept of thirdness is used, which regards intimacy bonds as spaces of co-construction outside of the logic of complementarity.

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          Choose your method: a comparison of phenomenology, discourse analysis, and grounded theory.

          The purpose of this article is to compare three qualitative approaches that can be used in health research: phenomenology, discourse analysis, and grounded theory. The authors include a model that summarizes similarities and differences among the approaches, with attention to their historical development, goals, methods, audience, and products. They then illustrate how these approaches differ by applying them to the same data set. The goal in phenomenology is to study how people make meaning of their lived experience; discourse analysis examines how language is used to accomplish personal, social, and political projects; and grounded theory develops explanatory theories of basic social processes studied in context. The authors argue that by familiarizing themselves with the origins and details of these approaches, researchers can make better matches between their research question(s) and the goals and products of the study.
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            Introducción a la investigación cualitativa

             Uwe Flick,  U. FLICK,  U Flick (2004)
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              Qualitative research & evaluation methods

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                psykhe
                Psykhe (Santiago)
                Psykhe
                Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Santiago, , Chile )
                0718-2228
                November 2017
                : 26
                : 2
                : 1-14
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                orgnameCentro de Referencia de Salud Cordillera Oriente Chile
                Santiago de Chile orgnamePontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Chile
                Santiago de Chile orgnameUniversidad de Santiago de Chile Chile
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                S0718-22282017000200104
                10.7764/psykhe.26.2.1017

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