Feeling ‘like a minority…a pathology’: interpreting race from research with African and Caribbean women on violence and abuse

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Kanyeredzi, A. 2018. Feeling ‘like a minority…a pathology’: interpreting race from research with African and Caribbean women on violence and abuse. Qualitative Research. 19 (4), pp. 399-417.
AuthorsKanyeredzi, A.
Abstract

Qualitative researchers are often advised to use their emotional responses to data, and participants’ experiences are understood through those of researchers’, how this process unfolds is less clear. This paper is about role of feelings for the qualitative researcher at different stages of the process and offers strategies for working through, ‘using’ and ‘feeling together with’ participants, reflections on lived experiences. I interviewed nine African and Caribbean heritage British women about their experiences of violence and abuse where one described feeling ‘like a minority…a pathology’. This paper describes my responses to experiences of racialised and gendered intrusion in interviews, later reflection and analytic work. The paper brings recognition to a stigmatised and hidden process within qualitative interviews and data interpretation. This serves to amplify the impact of injustice and adverse experiences for participants, and researchers, and to a wider audience, and to validate its existence and emotional burden as a legitimate and crucial stage of qualitative data analysis.

JournalQualitative Research
Journal citation19 (4), pp. 399-417
ISSN1468-7941
Year2018
PublisherSAGE Publications
Accepted author manuscript
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1177/1468794118777921
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1177/1468794118777921
Publication dates
Online29 May 2018
Publication process dates
Deposited10 May 2018
Accepted24 Apr 2018
Accepted24 Apr 2018
Copyright informationKanyeredzi, Ava (2018) ‘Feeling ‘like a minority…a pathology’: interpreting race from research with African and Caribbean women on violence and abuse’, Qualitative Research, 19 (4): pp. 399-417. © 2018 The authors. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
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