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Understanding communicative relationships between caregivers and foreign retirees: a diffractive vignettes approach

Narongdej Phanthaphoommee (Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia, Mahidol University, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand)
Sunida Siwapathomchai (Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia, Mahidol University, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand)

Qualitative Research Journal

ISSN: 1443-9883

Article publication date: 16 February 2024

Issue publication date: 20 March 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

This article seeks to provide a fresh perspective on the methodological approach to studying caregiving in a transnational context by analysing, local caregiver’s lifeworld, informal interpreting/translation and professional communication with foreign retirees.

Design/methodology/approach

This project explores the complex and multifaceted meanings of everyday objects through diffractive vignettes to illuminate the communicative entanglements that arise between caregivers and foreign retirees receiving care in Thailand. To identify intra-actions in caregiving, we collected data through informal interviews, observations and various artefacts before combining them in a group of potential communicative relationships by creating a narrative summary of situations.

Findings

Communicative relationships in the vignettes are multidimensional, with diverse logics underlying choices, rapport formation and communication effectiveness. This premise also illuminates how caregivers perceive and intra-act with their accommodation strategies, considering trust, comfort and comprehension. Our findings were also discussed with the concept of communication accommodation theory.

Originality/value

As an extension of the post-humanist approach to the diffractive reading of vignettes, this study sees its value in studying agent-related informal translation/interpreting and human-to-human relationships.

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Acknowledgements

This work was supported by Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation (OPS MHESI) and Thailand Science Research and Innovation (TSRI) (Grant No. RGNS 65-147).

Citation

Phanthaphoommee, N. and Siwapathomchai, S. (2024), "Understanding communicative relationships between caregivers and foreign retirees: a diffractive vignettes approach", Qualitative Research Journal, Vol. 24 No. 2, pp. 169-182. https://doi.org/10.1108/QRJ-10-2023-0148

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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