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Title: The complexities of 'otherness': reflections on embodiment of a young White British woman engaged in cross-generation research involving older people in Indonesia
Authors: Norris, M
Keywords: Embodiment;Intersectionality;Intersubjectivity;Ethnicity
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Citation: Ageing and Society, 2015, Forthcoming
Abstract: If interviews are to be considered embodied experiences, than the potential influence of the embodied researcher must be explored. A focus on specific attributes such as age or ethnicity belies the complex and negotiated space that both researcher and participant inhabit simultaneously. Drawing on empirical research with stroke survivors in an ethnically mixed area of Indonesia, this paper highlights the importance of considering embodiment as a specific methodological concern. Three specific interactions are described and analysed, illustrating the active nature of the embodied researcher in narrative production and development. The intersectionality of embodied features is evident, alongside their fluctuating influence in time and place. These interactions draw attention to the need to consider the researcher within the interview process and the subsequent analysis and presentation of narrative findings. The paper concludes with a reinforcement of the importance of ongoing and meaningful reflexivity in research, a need to consider the researcher as the other participant, and specifically a call to engage with and present the dynamic nature of embodiment.
Description: This article has been made available through the Brunel Open Access Publishing Fund.
ISSN: 1469-1779
Appears in Collections:Brunel OA Publishing Fund
Dept of Health Sciences Research Papers

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