Reflecting on death: the emotionality of the research encounter

Woodthorpe, Kate (2009). Reflecting on death: the emotionality of the research encounter. Mortality, 14(1) pp. 70–86.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13576270802591228

Abstract

This paper considers some of the issues encountered when researching a particular space in which death is engaged: a cemetery landscape. Building on literature available on research and reflexivity, the paper addresses some of the challenges the author dealt with when both in and away from the cemetery field site. At the core of the paper is the recognition that emotional responses can both contribute and distract from the research process. It is the extent to which emotional baggage enlightens and/or diverts from the research process and the data being generated that underpins this paper.

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