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Where are the boundaries around research?

Leigh, Jennifer S (2018) Where are the boundaries around research? In: International Journal of Qualitative Methods. International Journal of Qualitative Methods. 17 (1). Sage (doi:10.1177/1609406918801621) (KAR id:70571)


Embodied and creative research methods provoke honesty, emotion, and vulnerability in participants, which add to the richness of the stories they tell and are willing to share. The positionality of the researcher is less of “interviewer” and more “co-producer” or participant in a dialogue. Visual and creative approaches invite participants to share in ways in which they are not able or willing through words alone. The data and outputs they produce, with film, art, or objects, can in turn affect those who see it more than written text and need to be analysed and disseminated along with more traditional transcripts, articles, and presentations. In the context of investigating sensitive issues such as those around embodied identity, these methods, which use embodied methods to explore embodied research questions, may feel the most appropriate. These approaches lie along the boundary of therapy and research, asking much of researchers who are unlikely to have received therapeutic training or ongoing support. Due to this deficit, the researched may find that their experience is not held or contained in a way that the content would demand. Similarly, the data themselves lie on the boundary of art and research, in that they can be seen as more than a tool to facilitate reflection, but as artifacts in their own right. What are the implications in this scenario? Where should we position ourselves and our work along these boundaries? Who holds the space for the researcher and the researched if both are made vulnerable?

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/1609406918801621
Uncontrolled keywords: embodiment; boundaries; research; reflexivity; creative research
Subjects: H Social Sciences
L Education
Divisions: Divisions > Directorate of Education > Centre for the Study of Higher Education
Depositing User: Jennifer Leigh
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2018 10:47 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 18:08 UTC
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