DOI link for Designing Bodies
Designing Bodies book
All research questions have elements of embodiment implicit, and some have explicit attention to bodies; at the same time, researchers' and participants' bodies are always integral to any research question posed, so embodiment is always part of any critical or qualitative study, even if not addressed explicitly. In this chapter, the author sketches the science, interpretive, and artistic areas of the continuum, along with a brief review of both traditional and more contemporary approaches to spanning the boundaries among those areas. He discusses the ways in which embodiment is constituted in and through research practices and how the body is (un)acknowledged in different paradigms of knowledge construction across the continuum. Artful researchers value humanistic, openly subjective knowledge, such as that which is embodied in stories, poetry, photography, performance, and painting. Interpretive scholarship incorporates attention to researchers' standpoint, power and politics surrounding participants and researchers' relationships with them, and more flexible expectations for writing to illuminate the material elements of analysis.