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.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4135/9781849209137

URL: http://srmo.sagepub.com/view/feminist-dilemmas-in-...


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.

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