This book explores how, why and when hermeneutic phenomenology can be used as a methodology in health and social research.
Providing actual examples of doing robust hermeneutic phenomenology and a focus on praxis, the book demonstrates how philosophical or theoretical notions can inform, enrich and enhance our research projects. The chapters offer examples of many different research designs and interpretive decisions in order to illustrate the unbounded and creative nature of this type of inquiry, whilst also demonstrating the trustworthiness of the scientific processes adopted. The chapter authors invite the reader on a unique journey that highlights how they made individual and tailored decisions throughout their projects, emphasising the challenges and joys they encountered.
This book is a valuable resource for all students and academics who wish to explore the meaningfulness of human lived experiences across the multitude of phenomena in health and social care.
Chapter 1- Introduction: Situating hermeneutic phenomenology as research method in health, social care and education
Susan Crowther and Gill Thomson
Chapter 2- Nurturing a spirit of attuning-to
Liz Smythe and Deb Spence
Chapter 3- Using poetry to illuminate the lived accounts of Juvenile Dermatomyositis in children and young people
Chapter 4- Revealing experiences of sexuality and intimacy in life-limiting illness using Heidegger’s phenomenology
Chapter 5- ‘Distracted by, and immersed in the talk of others’: Expectations and experiences of childbirth in the framework of the ‘They’
Chapter 6- Seeking Heidegger in research data: Thinking about connections between philosophy and findings
Chapter 7- Embodied hermeneutic phenomenology: Bringing the lived body into health professions education research
Helen F. Harrison and Elizabeth Anne Kinsella
Chapter 8- Dwelling in the fourfold: My way of being-in-the-world of Heidegger.
Chapter 9- Working with phenomenon: Just keep swimming
Chapter 10- Being an educator as ‘having-been’
Chapter 11- Straddling paradigms: A hermeneutic phenomenological exploration of the experience of midwives practising homeopathy
Chapter 12- Inseeing to the heart of the matter
Chapter 13- Attuning to trustworthiness and final reflections
Gill Thomson and Susan Crowther