Hyphenated Research

Francesca Bargiela-Chiappini


This article is about methodological and personal stock-taking from a specific vantage point. The immediate inspiration for it was a joint conference presentation on the concept of "whole lives", towards which a Japanese academic and I worked together over a period of time. In my case, this collaboration became a catalyst for a process of re-evaluation of a long engagement with qualitative research. Besides the advantages and limitations of a (distance) dialogic approach to collaboration over the conference presentation, extended conversations with my Japanese colleague instigated a re-appraisal of the inventory of understandings, concepts and practices that I had accumulated over the years. Even though self-reflexivity had characterised much of my work, the need to approach familiar topics differently, prompted a radical examination of my self-positioning as a re-search-er.
In this article, I will trace the emergence and the features of a mode of being in the field, and in life, which I have labelled "hyphenated-research". I will illustrate this with reference to the process of conceptualising "whole lives", for which I collaborated with Hiromasa TANAKA.
URN: http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs110122


reflexivity; philosophical hermeneutics; "re-search-ing whole lives"

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17169/fqs-12.1.1448

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