"Three in the Room": Embodiment, Disclosure, and Vulnerability in Qualitative Research.


Harris, M; (2015) "Three in the Room": Embodiment, Disclosure, and Vulnerability in Qualitative Research. Qualitative health research. ISSN 1049-7323 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732314566324

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Abstract

The researcher's body in qualitative research is often absented, an absence that can render deceptively tidy research accounts. In this article, I reflect on the interplay of embodiment and disclosure in the interview dynamic and the way in which my body became an object of inquiry in the research process. Three qualitative studies inform the article: the first exploring the experiences of 40 people living with hepatitis C in New Zealand and Australia, the second comprising life-history interviews with 38 people who inject drugs in London, and the third following 27 people through hepatitis C treatment in London. Bodily and verbal disclosures of my history, as someone with/without hepatitis C and a former heroin user, affected the energy of the interview dynamic, also embodied understandings of illness and drug use. Disclosure can enhance researcher vulnerability and I close with reflection on the ethical implications of "enhanced rapport" in the research situation.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Social and Environmental Health Research
PubMed ID: 25576481
Web of Science ID: 366401200007
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/2155426

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