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Producing emotionally sensed knowledge? Reflexivity and emotions in researching responses to death

Evans, Ruth; Ribbens McCarthy, Jane; Bowlby, Sophie; Wouango, Joséphine and Kébé, Fatou (2017). Producing emotionally sensed knowledge? Reflexivity and emotions in researching responses to death. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 20(6) pp. 585–598.

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This paper reflects on the methodological complexities of producing emotionally-sensed knowledge about responses to family deaths in urban Senegal. Through engaging in ‘uncomfortable reflexivity’, we critically explore the multiple positionings of the research team comprised of UK, Senegalese and Burkinabé researchers and those of participants in Senegal and interrogate our own cultural assumptions. We explore the emotional labour of the research process from an ethic of care perspective and reflect on how our multiple positionings and emotions influence the production and interpretation of the data, particularly exemplified through our differing responses to diverse meanings of ‘family’ and religious refrains. We show how our approach of ‘uncomfortable reflexivity’ helps to reveal the work of emotions in research, thereby producing ‘emotionally sensed knowledge’ about responses to death and contributing to the cross-cultural study of emotions.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2017 Informa UK limited
ISSN: 1464-5300
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Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Death in the family in urban Senegal: bereavement, care and family relations (D-13-017-JM)33811LEVERHULME The Leverhulme Trust
Keywords: Bereavement and responses to death; emotions in research; reflexivity and positionality; feminist ethic of care; meanings of ‘family’; Senegal, West Africa
Academic Unit/School: ?? fass-hrss-spcr ??
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
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Item ID: 49011
Depositing User: Jane Ribbens McCarthy
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2017 16:22
Last Modified: 18 May 2018 12:11
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