Embodiment in research practices: The body in qualitative research

Anna Park Lala, Elizabeth Kinsella

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    The purpose of this chapter is to inquire into how attention to embodiment canenhance qualitative research practices. The chapter begins with an overview of the notion of embodiment from a phenomenological perspective. This is followed by an examination of three dimensions of embodiment – the body as a path to access the world, the body’s skilled intelligence, and the body’s intercorporeality – and a consideration of the implications for research practices. The chapter draws on examples from the literature, and from Anna’s doctoral research, “the End-of-Life study” (Park Lala & Kinsella, in press a,b), a phenomenological study that investigates what people do (occupations) at end-of-life. The chapter concludes by proposing that attention to embodiment in research practices encourages new perspectives that illuminate the role of the body as a medium for lived meanings, and through which we may begin to better understand the phenomenon at hand.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCreative spaces for qualitative researching
    Subtitle of host publicationLiving research
    EditorsJoy Higgs, Angie Titchen, Debbie Horsfall, Donna Bridges
    Place of PublicationRotterdam
    PublisherSense Publishers
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Electronic)9789460917612
    ISBN (Print)9789460917592, 9789460917608
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Publication series

    Name Practice, education, work and society


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