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Practising reflection: empathy, emotion, and intuition in political life writing

Practising reflection: empathy, emotion, and intuition in political life writing
Practising reflection: empathy, emotion, and intuition in political life writing
Attempts to unravel the relationship between scholar and subject are common in life writing and underpin the emphasis on reflexivity in interpretive research. However, while the conceptual basis for reflexive practice is well established, there is less written on how it is actually done. In this article I reflect on how I created a collective portrait of politicians in the Pacific Islands. My rationale for describing how I produced knowledge in this project echoes the call for interpretive researchers and biographers, who wish to become reflexive, to engage in and describe reflexive practices. In doing so, I illustrate how empathy, emotion and intuition shaped my sources, analysis and writing, and argue that these non-objectivist tools, reflexively considered, have the capacity to enhance our descriptions of the lives we choose to portray.
1448-4528
349-365
Corbett, Jack
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Corbett, Jack
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Corbett, Jack (2013) Practising reflection: empathy, emotion, and intuition in political life writing. Life Writing, 11 (3), 349-365. (doi:10.1080/14484528.2013.822390).

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Attempts to unravel the relationship between scholar and subject are common in life writing and underpin the emphasis on reflexivity in interpretive research. However, while the conceptual basis for reflexive practice is well established, there is less written on how it is actually done. In this article I reflect on how I created a collective portrait of politicians in the Pacific Islands. My rationale for describing how I produced knowledge in this project echoes the call for interpretive researchers and biographers, who wish to become reflexive, to engage in and describe reflexive practices. In doing so, I illustrate how empathy, emotion and intuition shaped my sources, analysis and writing, and argue that these non-objectivist tools, reflexively considered, have the capacity to enhance our descriptions of the lives we choose to portray.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 26 July 2013
Organisations: Politics & International Relations

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Local EPrints ID: 388665
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/388665
ISSN: 1448-4528
PURE UUID: fdd54ac2-b839-4f0d-816c-4331a5573d29
ORCID for Jack Corbett: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2005-7162

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Date deposited: 01 Mar 2016 13:11
Last modified: 27 Apr 2022 02:02

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