Qualitative Researcher Vulnerability
Negotiating, Experiencing and Embracing
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Qualitative Researcher Vulnerability provides conceptual, experiential, and practical insights into the vulnerability of the qualitative researcher. Compared to participants’ vulnerability, researcher vulnerability has seen limited attention in the qualitative research process, but yet it is an important consideration.
Drawing on an interdisciplinary group of authors—across criminology, education, feminisms, geography, health, kinesiology, nursing, management and organisation, policy, political science, psychology, sociology, and qualitative inquiry writ broad—the book explores the ways in which we might understand and work with researcher vulnerability, most notably in relation to ethics, risk, empathy, emotion, and power. Ultimately, the authors suggest researcher vulnerability is a vital component of our research practices throughout the research process, for emerging as well as experienced researchers. Whilst researcher vulnerability can be something to protect against, it is also something to be aware of, explore, learn from, work with, and at times (and with care and consideration) embrace.
This book is suitable for undergraduate, post graduate students, and emerging and established researchers who are utilising qualitative research. It will be especially useful for researchers examining (potentially) sensitive topics, or for those who wish to develop more responsive, responsible, ethical, or reciprocal approaches to qualitative practices.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Relevance and Importance of Researcher Vulnerability
Bryan C. Clift, Ioannis Costas Batlle, Kia Banks, Josie Rodohan, Sheree Bekker, and Katharina Chudzikowski
1. Vulnerability, the Pursuit of Knowledge, and the Humanity of Doing Research
Milli Lake and Alexandra Hartman
Section I: Strategies for Negotiating Researcher Vulnerability
2. Research Journaling to Deal with Vulnerabilities in Research
3. Qualitative Analysis in Online Research: Protecting Against Researcher Vulnerabilities
Olivia Brown, Julie Gore, and Adam Joinson
4. Supporting Emotionally Demanding Research: Developing Guidance for a University Research Centre
Susie Smillie and Julie Riddell
5. Addressing Researcher Vulnerability with the Trauma and Resilience Informed Research Principles & Practices Framework
Section II: Experiences of Researcher Vulnerability
6. Sticking Your Head Above the Parapet: On the Importance of Researcher Resilience in Auto/biographical Writing
7. Affecting Accounts: Autobiographical Memoirs and the Vulnerable Researcher
8. Researcher, Fighter, Cunt: Vulnerability and Violence in the MMA Field
9. Ethnographic Vulnerabilities: Power, Politics, and Possibility
Devra Waldman, Michael Dao, Hugo Ceron-Anaya, and Michael D. Giardina
Section III: Embracing Researcher Vulnerability
10. Femme Praxis: Using Femme Theory to Foster Vulnerability within Research Design and Institutions
Rhea Ashley Hoskin and Lilith Whiley
11. Framing Transdisciplinary Research as an Assemblage: A Case Study from a Mental Health Setting
Mark Batterham and Aled Singleton
12. ‘Please Explain to Me How I’m Vulnerable’: Learning How to Rework Experiences of Researcher Vulnerability by Listening Carefully to Care-experienced Young People
Bryan C. Clift is Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) and Director of the Centre for Qualitative Research (CQR) in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and Department for Health at the University of Bath, UK.
Ioannis Costas Batlle is Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Department of Education at the University of Bath, UK; and a Co-Director of the Centre for Qualitative Research.
Sheree Bekker is Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Department for Health at the University of Bath, UK. She is a Co-Director of the Centre for Qualitative Research, and a member of the Centre for Health and Injury and Illness Prevention in Sport (CHI2PS) and the UK Collaborating Centre on Injury and Illness Prevention in Sport (UKCCIIS).
Katharina Chudzikowsi is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Organisation Studies at the School of Management, University of Bath, UK.