This book offers insights on politics and ethics of representation that are relevant to researchers concerned with struggles for justice. It takes moments of discomfort in the qualitative research process as important sites of knowledge for exploring representational practices in critical research.

The Politics and Ethics of Representation in Qualitative Research draws on experiences from research processes in nine PhD projects. In some chapters, ethical and political dilemmas related to representational practices are analyzed as experienced in fieldwork. In others, the focus is on the production of representation at the stage of writing. The book deals with questions such as: What does it mean to write about the lives of others? How are ethics and politics of representation intertwined, and how are they distinct? How are politics of representation linked to a practice of solidarity in research? What are the im/possibilities of hope and care in research?

Drawing on grounded empirical research, the book offers input to students, PhDs, researchers, practitioners, activists and others dealing with methodological dilemmas from a critical perspective. Instead of ignoring discomforts, or describing them as solved, we stay with them, showing how such a reflective process provides new, ongoing insights.

The Open Access version of this book, available at https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9780429299674, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

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chapter 1|21 pages

Becoming ‘Unstuck’ Among Positionalities, Terms and Disciplines via Conversation (With Myself)

Exploring Potentials for Affective Reflexivity in Critical Intersex Studies
ByTove Lundberg
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‘To say no wasn't something we could do’

Reflexive accounts and negotiations of the ethical practice of informed consent during the research process and beyond
ByJohanna Sixtensson
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Creating knowledge through community theatre

No Border Musical and the making of representations
ByEmma Söderman
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The shrouded backbone of ethnographic research
ByPankhuri Agarwal
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Research object and fieldwork performance
ByKatrine Scott
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Dilemmas of representation in a study of social workers

Analyzing non-evident forms of social transformation
ByVanna Nordling
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The ethics of renaming

On challenges and dilemmas of anonymization in a study of anti-Muslim racism
ByMarta Kolankiewicz
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Caring encounters in ethnographic research

Unlearning distance and learning sharing
ByEda Hatice Farsakoglu, Pouran Djampour
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ByDiana Mulinari
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What the Collective has meant to us
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