Irritations, Findings, and Transformation Following an Interview With a Female Muslim Environmentalist: (Narrative) Positioning and Self-Reflexivity in Relation to Interview Analysis

  • Claudia Willms Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
Keywords: narrative positioning analysis, ethnopsychoanalysis, (inter-)subjectivity, self-reflexive social criticism, anticapitalism, religious and cultural identity construction, ethnography

Abstract

Self-reflexivity is essential for ethnographic researchers and creates space to express their irritations, emotions, and associations which themselves can, in turn, lead to new insights. When irritation is felt, this needs to be considered using specific methods and reflexive techniques of data triangulation and methodological deliberation. In this article, I explain how the combination of narrative positioning analysis and ethnopsychological procedures helped me to understand my irritation while interviewing and how my emotions revealed themselves to be accessible to interpretation. Using a self-reflexive narration analysis approach, I identified the interviewee's religious, social, and moral positioning as well as how cultural and societal constellations are themselves bargained during the interview.  I conclude by reflecting on my own suppositions, emotions, and concerns, which thus encourages me to broaden my theoretical and practical understanding of "self-reflexive social criticism" (EGGMANN, 2009, p.255).

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Author Biography

Claudia Willms, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main

Claudia WILLMS, Dr. phil, Europäische Ethnologin und Soziologin (Frankfurt/M. und Basel), arbeitet am LOEWE-Schwerpunkt "Religiöse Positionierung" an der Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt/M. zum Thema "Religiöser Antikapitalismus? Jüdische, christliche und islamische Positionierungen im Vergleich". Ihre Arbeitsschwerpunkte sind Jugend- und Subkulturen, jüdische (Kultur-)Geschichte, Auto/Biografik, gelebte Religion (living religion) und Praktiken des Antikapitalismus.

Published
2022-01-29
How to Cite
Willms, C. (2022). Irritations, Findings, and Transformation Following an Interview With a Female Muslim Environmentalist: (Narrative) Positioning and Self-Reflexivity in Relation to Interview Analysis. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 23(1). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-23.1.3746
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