A rough road map to reflexivity in qualitative research into emotions

Fitzpatrick, Petya and Olson, Rebecca E. (2015) A rough road map to reflexivity in qualitative research into emotions. Emotion Review, 7 1: 49-54. doi:10.1177/1754073914544710

Author Fitzpatrick, Petya
Olson, Rebecca E.
Title A rough road map to reflexivity in qualitative research into emotions
Journal name Emotion Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1754-0739
Publication date 2015-01-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1754073914544710
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 7
Issue 1
Start page 49
End page 54
Total pages 6
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher SAGE Publications
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In qualitative research into emotions, researchers and participants share emotion-laden interactions. Few demonstrate how the analytic value of emotions may be harnessed. In this article we provide an account of our emotional experiences conducting research with two groups: adults living with cystic fibrosis and spouse caregivers of cancer patients. We describe our emotion work during research interviews, and discuss its methodological and theoretical implications. Reflections depict competing emotion norms in qualitative research. Experiences of vulnerability and involuntary “emotional callusing” illustrate the insight into participants’ experiences afforded to us through emotion work. This prompted us to extend Hochschild’s theory to incorporate unconscious activity mediated through habitus, allowing us to demonstrate how the “emotional” nature of emotions research can galvanize analytic insight.
Keyword Emotion work
Qualitative research
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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