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Embodied Research Methods



April 2019 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Disembodied research erects false dichotomies between flesh and reason, and between the corporeal and the social. By contrast, Torkild Thanem and David Knights engage with approaches and practices that exploit the body’s capacity to generate knowledge, craft lively accounts, and create fleshy concepts. These approaches enrich our understanding of how people live, work, and interact with their bodies within the social world. 

Thanem and Knights discuss methods, practices, and personal experiences which involve bodies in the research process – in generating and analysing empirical material, reflecting on the work they do as researchers, and turning research into written text.

Embodied Research Methods is an important and practical resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students across the social sciences, and a thought-provoking read for researchers in these areas. 

 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
Prelims
 
Introduction: The embodied turn in social science research
 
Chapter 1. Disembodied methodology
 
Chapter 2. Embodied methodology
 
Chapter 3. Initiating an embodied research process
 
Chapter 4. Embodied immersion and ethnographic fieldwork
 
Chapter 5. Embodying interviews and conversations
 
Chapter 6. Recording and documenting embodied lives
 
Chapter 7. Embodied analysis and interpretation
 
Chapter 8. Embodied writing and dissemination
 
Chapter 9. Truth and politics in embodied research
 
Conclusion: Embodied imagination in future research
 
Notes
 
References
 
Index

This book will not only provoke its readers to think differently about embodiment.
It will also get them to change the way they carry out their social investigations.

Loïc Wacquant
Author of "Body and Soul: Notebooks of an Apprentice Boxer"

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