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Self-Identity, Empathy and Sympathy in Reading Transcripts

Godfrey, Barry S. (2004) Self-Identity, Empathy and Sympathy in Reading Transcripts. In: Narrative, Memory & Identity: Theoretical and Methodological Issues. University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, pp. 59-66.

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      When conducting oral history interviews empathetic relationships tend to be
      created between the researcher and the subject, and this is seen as an essential
      aid for historical and/or sociological analysis. This article examines the basis of
      these empathetic relationships - the emotional reaction of the interviewer to
      what is being narrated by the interviewee. It goes on to question whether it is
      possible to maintain an emotional/empathetic relationship with ‘unlikeable’
      subjects; whether the emotions created during an interview are retained when
      the interviews are transcribed, archived, and accessed by researchers who did
      not carry out the original interviews (sometimes many years after the
      interviews took place). Lastly, it examines the implications that this may have
      for interpretive analysis.

      Item Type: Book Chapter
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      Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
      B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
      Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences > Narrative and Memory Research Group > Narrative and Memory Research Group Annual Conference
      School of Human and Health Sciences
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      Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
      Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2009 16:30
      Last Modified: 30 Jul 2010 14:13


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