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Embodied reflexivity in qualitative analysis: a role for selfies

Kelly, Martina, de Vries-Erich, Joy, Helmich, Esther, Dornan, Tim and King, Nigel (2017) Embodied reflexivity in qualitative analysis: a role for selfies. Forum: qualitative social research/Forum qualitative sozialforschung, 18 (2). ISSN 1438-5627

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This article introduces a case study on the use of selfies as a means to support embodied reflexivity in phenomenological research. There is a recognized need to make reflexive practice in qualitative health research more transparent. There is also a move towards an embodied type of reflexivity whereby researchers pay attention to their physical reactions as part of the research process. Being reflexive is especially challenging when researchers work in teams rather than as individuals, and when researchers and participants do not meet because data collection and analysis are separate from one another. We used FINLAY's (2005) model of reflexive embodied empathy to explain how taking selfies allowed an international team of researchers to engage reflexively with a participant when their primary access to her lifeworld was an interview transcript. Key concepts from FOUCAULT's (1988) theory of technologies of self, critical self-awareness and self-stylization, shed light on this phenomenon.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: embodiment, qualitative analysis, team reflexivity, selfies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Sally Hughes
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2017 11:15
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 16:00


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