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'You just get on with it’: Negotiating the telling and silencing of trauma and its emotional impacts in interviews with marginalised mothers

Mannay, Dawn ORCID: 2018. 'You just get on with it’: Negotiating the telling and silencing of trauma and its emotional impacts in interviews with marginalised mothers. Loughran, Tracey and Mannay, Dawn ORCID:, eds. Emotion and the researcher: sites, subjectivities, and relationships, Vol. 16. Studies in Qualitative Methodology, Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald, pp. 66-81.

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Purpose – This chapter explores the relational and emotional lifeworlds of qualitative interviews. The chapter documents the ways in which I have negotiated the sharing of traumatic accounts without being able to fix or repair their causes, and how I struggled to listen to recollections without trying to appropriate, accentuate or ameliorate their affective resonances. Methodology/approach – The chapter focuses on one case from a four year study with mothers and their daughters in a marginalised area of south Wales, UK. The study drew on visual and creative methods of data production, including mapping, collage, photoelicitation and timelines, which were accompanied by in-depth elicitation interviews. Findings – The chapter illustrates the usefulness of reflecting on emotions to understand the communication of trauma, and its emotional impacts on research relationships both within and beyond the field. Originality/value – The chapter builds on earlier work that has attempted to consider in detail the nature of the interaction between researchers and participants. It argues that psychoanalytically informed frames of analysis can engender a more nuanced understanding of the relationality and emotionality of qualitative research; particularly when topics are hard to speak of and hard to bear.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Uncontrolled Keywords: Emotion; helplessness; psychoanalytically informed approaches; qualitative research; relationality
Publisher: Emerald
ISBN: 9781787146129
Funders: ESRC
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 07:10

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