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Hearing my feeling voice?: An autobiographical discussion of motherhood

Ribbens, Jane (1998). Hearing my feeling voice?: An autobiographical discussion of motherhood. In: Ribbens, Jane and Edwards, Rosalind eds. Feminist Dilemmas in Qualitative Research: Public Knowledge and Private Lives. Social Research Methods Online. London: Sage, pp. 25–37.

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Evoking and listening to research voices raises issues about the contingency and precariousness of the perspectives being voiced. For private perspectives and understandings to be communicated, and formulated as public knowledge, they first have to be articulated in a personal voice. Yet, given the power of public bodies of knowledge, we may struggle to find a voice that can express more private ways of being. In this introductory discussion, I want to consider the difficulties I have found in hearing my own voice amidst the multitude of voices that occur around mothering.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 1998 Not known
ISBN: 1-84920-913-8, 978-1-84920-913-7
Keywords: autobiography; mothering; voice; feelings; qualitative research; personal experience
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 25833
Depositing User: Jane Ribbens McCarthy
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2011 11:28
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2017 17:08
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