Booming clangs and whispering ghosts: attending to the reflexive echoes in IPA research

Goldspink, Sally and Engward, Hilary (2019) Booming clangs and whispering ghosts: attending to the reflexive echoes in IPA research. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 16 (2). pp. 291-304. ISSN 1478-0895

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In this paper, we propose that reflexivity can be revealed through a deliberate adjunct to the IPA process. This adjunct, which we refer to as ‘echoes’, is a mixture of the participant’s and researcher’s words and experiences resonating with each other during the research process. We argue that explicitly recognising echoes gives a heightened sensitivity to both the researcher’s own place and being in the research, and to the other in relation to the researcher. Exploring the echoes enables the researcher to work with, rather than dismiss, their own presuppositions and exposes greater phenomenological sensibility toward the research subject and is-ness of that phenomenon. The purpose of this paper is thus to outline how attending to echoes is a strategy for IPA researchers to promote, and overtly journal, reflexivity as central within their research practices. To exemplify how echoes can be used, practical examples from a doctoral research project are given to demonstrate how resonance can explicate reflexivity in the IPA process.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, qualitative research, reflexivity, rigour, writing
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Sally Goldspink
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2018 13:46
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:55

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