The emotional and analytic impact of working with disturbing secondary data

Fincham, Ben and Scourfield, Jonathan and Langer, Susanne (2007) The emotional and analytic impact of working with disturbing secondary data. NCRM Working Paper. ESRC National Centre for Research Methods. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The paper discusses the effects on the researcher of reading disturbing secondary data (defined here as evidence gathered by someone other than the researcher). The case study is a qualitative sociological autopsy of suicide and the secondary data – written documents and photographs - are all from case files in a British coroner’s office. After some ethnographic detail about the research setting and research process, there is some discussion in the paper of the diverse secondary data sources in these files, particularly in relation to the impact on the researcher. Some general observations are made about emotion in the research process and potential strategies for responding to emotion. The authors locate their responses to reading about suicides within the broader context of the social processing of death and distress and also consider whether or not emotional reactions to data have any analytical purchase.

Item Type:Working Paper (NCRM Working Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:NCRM Publications
Subjects:1. Frameworks for Research and Research Designs > 1.20 Secondary Analysis
1. Frameworks for Research and Research Designs > 1.24 Frameworks for Research and Research Designs (other)
ID Code:470
Deposited By: NCRM users
Deposited On:05 Dec 2008 18:31
Last Modified:12 Oct 2010 17:39

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