Emotion and the Researcher: Sites, Subjectivities, and Relationships Vol: 16

Tracey Loughran
University of Essex, UK

Dawn Mannay
Cardiff University, UK

Product Details
28 Aug 2018
Emerald Publishing Limited
304 pages - 152 x 229mm
Studies in Qualitative Methodology
Traditional research discourses continue to present academic work as rational, detached, objective and free from emotion. This volume argues that the presentation of research as ‘objective’ conceals the subject positions of researchers, and the emotional imperatives that often drive research. The collection engages with the emotional experiences of researchers working in different traditions, contexts and sites, and demonstrates their centrality in data production, analysis, dissemination and ethical practice.  

This edited volume offers contributions from a range of well-established and early career scholars who argue for an emotional rebellion in the academic world. The authors reflect on their own experiences of research, generously sharing their approach to their craft, and the uncertainties, concerns, enjoyments, and questions it entails. The contributors are based in a range of disciplines across the humanities, social sciences and STEM, and in the museum sector. This provides a unique opportunity for reflection on differences between and similarities across disciplinary boundaries, shedding new light on common problems and opportunities stimulated by emotion in research. 

The collection demonstrates how emotion can be valuable and meaningful in the activities of research, reflection and dissemination: offering authenticity to the academic voice, bringing clarity to interpretive biases, producing engaging outputs which connect with diverse readerships, and potentially reshaping disciplinary foundations and relations. Emotion and the Researcher: Sites, Subjectivities and Relationships will be an invaluable companion for researchers, postgraduate students and other academics with an interest in the emotional elements of conflict, negotiation, relationality and reflexivity, within and beyond the research encounter.
Foreword; Janet Fink
Introduction: Why Emotion Matters; Tracey Loughran and Dawn Mannay 
Part 1: Reflexivity and Research Relationships 
Chapter 1. Role Transitions in the Field and Reflexivity: From Friend to Researcher; Lisa-Jo K. van den Scott  
Chapter 2. With a Little Help From My Colleagues: Notes on Emotional Support in a Qualitative Longitudinal Research Project; Agata Lisiak and Łukasz Krzyżowski 
Chapter 3. The Positional Self and Researcher Emotion: Destabilising Sibling Equilibrium in the Context of Cystic Fibrosis; Amie Scarlett Hodges 
Chapter 4. ‘It’s Not History. It’s My Life’: Researcher Emotions and the Production of Critical Histories of the Women’s Movement; Kate Mahoney 
Chapter 5. ‘You Just Get On With It’: Negotiating the Telling and Silencing of Trauma and Its Emotional Impacts in Interviews with Marginalised Mothers; Dawn Mannay
Part 2: Emotional Topographies and Research Sites  
Chapter 6. Approaching Bereavement Research with Heartfelt Positivity; Katherine Carroll  
Chapter 7. ‘The Transient Insider’: Identity and Intimacy in Home Community Research; Erin Roberts  
Chapter 8. Emotions, Disclosures and Reflexivity: Reflections on Interviewing Young People in Zambia and Women in Midlife in the UK; Sophie Bowlby and Caroline Day 
Chapter 9. Shock and Offence Online: The Role of Emotion in Participant Absent Research; Aimee Grant  
Chapter 10. Love & Sorrow: The Role of Emotion in Exhibition Development and Visitor Experience; Deborah Touth-Smith 
Part 3: Subjectivities and Subject Positions
Chapter 11. The Expectation of Empathy: Unpacking Our Epistemological Bags while Researching Empathy, Literature, and Neuroscience; Lauren Fowler and Sally Bishop Shigley  
Chapter 12. ‘Poor Old Mixed-Up Wales’: Entering the Debate about Bilingualism, Multiculturalism and Racism in Welsh Literature and Culture; Lisa Sheppard  
Chapter 13. The Emotion of ‘Doing Ethics’ in Healthcare Research: A Researcher’s Reflexive Account; Geraldine Latchem-Hastings 
Chapter 14. Being Both Researcher and Subject: Attending to Emotion within Collaborative Inquiry; Mary Morris and Andrea Davies  
Chapter 15. Blind Spots and Moments of Estrangement: Subjectivity, Class and Education in British ‘Autobiographical Histories’; Tracey Loughran 
Afterword; Tracey Loughran and Dawn Mannay
Tracey Loughran is Reader in History and Deputy Dean (Research) for the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Essex, UK. She is the author of Shell-Shock and Medical Culture in First World War Britain and co-editor (with Gayle Davis) of The Palgrave Handbook of Infertility in History: Approaches, Contexts and Perspectives
Dawn Mannay is Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences (Psychology) at Cardiff University, UK. Dawn is editor of Our Changing Land: Revisiting Gender, Class and Identity in Contemporary Wales; and author of Visual, Narrative and Creative Research Methods: Application, Reflection and Ethics.
"This volume troubles, provokes and challenges, bringing into sharp relief the lived realities of social research. All of the contributions here pay attention to the emotional landscape in which our research journeys are situated and through which our research is intimately experienced. Emotions are often an absent presence in our research stories, always there but often not acknowledged, and rarely understood as part of the very essence of what makes research both social and authentic. The authors in this book are, therefore, to be commended for telling it like it is, for having the conversation and for reminding us that research is indeed about thinking, doing and feeling." - Professor Amanda Coffey, Cardiff University, UK

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