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The performance of researching sensitive issues

Komaromy, Carol (2019). The performance of researching sensitive issues. Mortality (Early Access).

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Within sociological and organisational literature much attention has been paid to the emotional labour and emotion work performed by care staff. By contrast, comparatively little attention has been paid to that which researchers perform and how it is shaped by the need to behave appropriately and in ways that are in keeping with the demands of the study setting. Existing literature focuses largely on the need for researchers to be aware of their emotions as part of being reflexive and thus, through acknowledgement, minimising any emotional impact (subjectivity) on research interpretations. In this paper, I draw on two research experiences, an ethnographic study into end-of-life care in care homes and an exploration into the role of the Anatomical Pathology Technologist in a hospital mortuary to explore the tensions between conducting sensitive research and managing emotions. I conclude by drawing on the theories of Goffman and Hochschild to explore the relationship between emotion management and sensitive research.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN: 1469-9885
Keywords: Performance; sensitive research; reflexivity; emotional labour; methodology; ethnography
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: 62545
SWORD Depositor: Jisc Publications-Router
Depositing User: ORO Import
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2019 08:30
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2020 11:25
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