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Doing Research for and With Others: A Researcher's Relationship With Research Content

Quivine Ndomo (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)

The Affective Researcher

ISBN: 978-1-80262-336-9, eISBN: 978-1-80262-333-8

Publication date: 27 July 2022


The chapter discusses the question of social justice in social science research by problematizing the researcher-research content relationship and its guiding principle framework Science-Society-Me. With a focus on early career researchers, the author draws on her own PhD research experience to highlight the social justice tension inherent in the normative approaches and methods for selecting research topic, collecting data and relating with research participants, and analyzing and interpreting data especially in empirical research with fellow human beings. Drawing on the theory of affect, the chapter centralizes the position, biography and experience of the researcher, and the relationship between the researcher and the research participants to balance out the privileged (power) position of ‘science’ and ‘society’ in the current framework. To this end, I make two ontological and methodological adjustment recommendations: (1) Relocating the space of research from a fixed and exclusive ‘location’ of science theories, methods, concepts etc., to the space of daily life experience and interaction, requiring a compassionate approach to research, and thus the second recommendation; (2) Developing long-term, inclusive and equal relationships with research participants augmented by constant reflexivity – as including the biographies and experiences of the researcher and the research participant – as well as political reflexivity.



Ndomo, Q. (2022), "Doing Research for and With Others: A Researcher's Relationship With Research Content", Gibson, A.G. (Ed.) The Affective Researcher (Great Debates in Higher Education), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 63-94.



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