Becoming a Reflexive Researcher - Using Our Selves in Research

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Jun 15, 2004 - Psychology - 228 pages
In this book, Kim Etherington uses a range of narratives to show the reader how reflexive research works in practice, linking this with underpinning philosophies. Placing her own journey as a researcher alongside others, she suggests that recognising the role of self in research can open up opportunities for creative and personal transformations.

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The Masters Stage of the Journey
The Doctoral Stages
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Page 31 - Vulnerability doesn't mean that anything personal goes. The exposure of the self who is also a spectator has to take us somewhere we couldn't otherwise get to. It has to be essential to the argument, not a decorative flourish, not exposure for its own sake.
Page 11 - People who belong to a particular category can develop a consciousness of kind and can galvanize other category members through the telling of the collective story. People do not even have to know each other for the social identification to take hold. By emotionally binding together people who have had the same experiences, whether in touch with each other or not, the collective story overcomes some of the isolation and alienation of contemporary life. It provides a sociological community, the linking...

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Kim Etherington is a Reader at the University of Bristol, and is a BACP accredited counsellor and supervisor in private practice. She has worked as an occupational therapist in NHS general and psychiatric hospitals, social services and charitable organisations, including a child guidance clinic and a community for people with autism. She is the editor of Trauma, the Body and Transformation and author of Narrative Approaches to Working with Adult Male Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, both published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

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