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My life after death: connecting the field, the findings and the feelings

Woodthorpe, Kate (2007). My life after death: connecting the field, the findings and the feelings. Anthropology Matters Journal, 9(1)

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This paper is an account of an emotional journey that took place alongside an ethnographic study of the contemporary cemetery landscape. It seeks to highlight the importance of conducting empirical research as a 'rite of passage', leading to the role of a researcher, by examining the connection between data, the human researcher, and the analysis. Furthermore, this paper argues that the emotionality of the research process needs to be incorporated into discussions of methodology and analysis to enable researchers to produce high-quality social research.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2007 The Author
ISSN: 1758-6453
Extra Information: 11 pp.
Keywords: emotions; research; cemetery; bereavement
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Item ID: 11776
Depositing User: Kate Woodthorpe
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2008 11:49
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2018 08:15
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