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SUBJECTIVITY AND QUALITATIVE METHOD

This chapter deals with the intersection of two issues which are central for any research in the social sciences - the issue of the place of our own subjectivity in the research process and, inside that, the issue of emotion and unconscious processes. It attempts to engage with the place of emotions in the construction of research accounts through our understanding of issues concerned with surveillance, truth, fictions and fantasies in the research process. The tricky issue of the place of one's own subjectivity is not new and has been a central issue for feminist research. Other chapters in this book raise important issues about the problems of reflexivity. In particular, we want to draw attention to Beverley Skeggs’ discussion in Chapter 17 of the way in which the reflexive self is formed through the technology of the bourgeois self in which self-narration becomes confession. It is often seen as ...

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