This book examines the theoretical, methodological and practical dimensions of Qualitative Research in the study of illness, wellbeing and self-growth in the Indian context. Using wide-ranging narratives, interviews, group discussions, and cultural analyses, it offers a social and psychological understanding of health and therapy.
Preface. 1. Introduction to Qualitative Research. Theoretical and Methodological Perspectives. 2. Self, Emotions and the Pursuit of Well-Being: Some Cultural Perspectives 3. Types of Knowledge and Their Use in Psychology: Towards Rigorous Subjectivity 4. Analyzing Qualitative Data: A Grounded Theory Approach 5. Reminiscing Fieldwork and Writing up Culture: An Account of Producing the Doctoral Dissertation. Illness, Suffering and Healing. 6. Narrative Approaches to Illness and Suffering: An Ethnographic Study of Spirit Possession in Maharashtra 7. Empathising Terminal Illness: A Phenomenological Study on the Constructs and Stereotypes of Life with Cancer 8. A Narrative Study of Emotional Healing 9. Gender Dimensions of Illness Narratives among HIV Affected Women 10. A Heuristic Inquiry into the Phenomenon of ‘Letting Go’ in Creative Process of Designers 11. Psychosocial Dispositions of Musicians: A Developmental Study of Creativity 12. Self, Well-being, and the Mahabharata: A Qualitative Reading 13. Guru-Disciple Relationship: An Exploration into the Process of Spiritual Growth 14. Understanding Organizational Narratives through Appreciative Inquiry 15. Facilitating Learning through Creative Drama in Primary Classrooms: A Reflexive Account. Challenges for Future. 15. Future of Qualitative on Well-Being and Self-Growth: The Critical Role of Fostering Reflexivity