1st Edition

The Politics and Ethics of Representation in Qualitative Research Addressing Moments of Discomfort

Edited By The Critical Methodologies Collective Copyright 2022
    166 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    166 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book offers insights on politics and ethics of representation that are relevant to researchers concerned with struggles for justice. It takes moments of discomfort in the qualitative research process as important sites of knowledge for exploring representational practices in critical research.

    The Politics and Ethics of Representation in Qualitative Research draws on experiences from research processes in nine PhD projects. In some chapters, ethical and political dilemmas related to representational practices are analyzed as experienced in fieldwork. In others, the focus is on the production of representation at the stage of writing. The book deals with questions such as: What does it mean to write about the lives of others? How are ethics and politics of representation intertwined, and how are they distinct? How are politics of representation linked to a practice of solidarity in research? What are the im/possibilities of hope and care in research?

    Drawing on grounded empirical research, the book offers input to students, PhDs, researchers, practitioners, activists and others dealing with methodological dilemmas from a critical perspective. Instead of ignoring discomforts, or describing them as solved, we stay with them, showing how such a reflective process provides new, ongoing insights.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9780429299674, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.


    The Critical Methodologies Collective



    The Critical Methodologies Collective

    1. Becoming ‘Unstuck’ Among Positionalities, Terms and Disciplines Via Conversation (With Myself): Exploring Potentials for Affective Reflexivity in Critical Intersex Studies

    Tove Lundberg

    2. ‘To Say No Wasn’t Something We Could Do’: Reflexive Accounts and Negotiations of the Ethical Practice of Informed Consent During the Research Process and Beyond

    Johanna Sixtensson

    3. Creating Knowledge through Community Theatre: No Border Musical and the Making of Representations

    Emma Söderman

    4. Waiting: The Shrouded Backbone of Ethnographic Research

    Pankhuri Agarwal

    5. Middle-Classness: Research Object and Fieldwork Performance

    Katrine Scott

    6. Dilemmas of Representation in a Study of Social Workers: Analyzing Non-Evident Forms of Social Transformation

    Vanna Nordling

    7. The Ethics of Renaming: On Challenges and Dilemmas of Anonymization in a Study of Anti-Muslim Racism

    Marta Kolankiewicz

    8. Caring Encounters in Ethnographic Research: Unlearning Distance and Learning Sharing

    Eda Hatice Farsakoglu and Pouran Djampour


    Professor Diana Mulinari

    Epilogue: What the Collective has Meant to Us

    The Critical Methodologies Collective


    The Critical Methodologies Collective consists of nine feminist researchers early in their careers with a shared interest in, and discomfort of, doing critical research. The members come from varied social, political and academic backgrounds, with roots and routes in Denmark, Finland, India, Iran, Poland, Sweden, Turkey and the UK.

    "Formed from slow critical dialogue and intellectual love, The Critical Methodology Collective offer us a profound gift. Not so much prescriptive guidance but rather the keen attentiveness, close description and patient vulnerability that comes from years of close examination of nine feminist research projects. An extraordinary read, an extraordinary feat." -- Yasmin Gunaratnam, Sociology Department, Goldsmiths College, UK


    "This pathbreaking book is a must read for scholars and activists, PhD students, professors and NGO researchers. It challenges assumptions, demanding we reflect on power, privilege and political practice in research relationships. You will think and do research differently after reading it." -- Bridget Anderson, Professor of Migration, Mobilities and Citizenship, University of Bristol, UK


    "This book stands out in form and content. It is written by a collective of young feminist researchers, and addresses questions central to the social sciences. Sharing a sense of discomfort, the authors raise important – and often ignored – ethical issues in qualitative research. It is a book that all serious scholars should read." -- Johanna Esseveld, Professor Emerita, Department of Sociology, Lund University, Sweden