Poetry and Participation: Scripting a Meaningful Research Text With Rape Crisis Workers


  • Jean Rath The University of New South Wales




layered text, participation, methodology, rape crisis, representation, writing strategies, poetry


This article explores issues of representation and the development of participatory practices in the context of researching women's experiences of training to be rape crisis counselors. In moving between context and methods, research generated poetry, participants' responses and preferences, and discussion of textual presences, the layered text format invites the reader to develop a sense of how the reflective practitioner may negotiate, and constantly renegotiate, the unstable nature of what it means to represent both self/ves and Others within participatory qualitative research.

URN: http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs1201224


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Author Biography

Jean Rath, The University of New South Wales

Jean RATH is the Manager Researcher Development at the University of New South Wales. She is responsible for leading professional development activities to support research career development. Her research interests include the use of Derridean-inspired layered, creative and poetic texts to investigate issues of representation, the self-in-process, participatory research practices, and reflective practice as a professional development process.




How to Cite

Rath, J. (2012). Poetry and Participation: Scripting a Meaningful Research Text With Rape Crisis Workers. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 13(1). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-13.1.1791