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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Haunting and the knowing and showing of qualitative research
Author(s): Wilson, Sarah
Keywords: audit culture
automatic anonymity
Avery Gordon
representations of research
visual methods
young people
Issue Date: 1-Nov-2018
Date Deposited: 19-Apr-2018
Citation: Wilson S (2018) Haunting and the knowing and showing of qualitative research. Sociological Review, 66 (6), pp. 1209-1225.
Abstract: This article focuses on the representation of qualitative sociological research to academic and non-academic audiences. It argues that a broader, ethically informed consideration of the communication of findings is required, rather than the current, audit-shaped approach, to do justice to complex (affective) data and to research participants. An important catalyst for this article is the concern that the current predominance of peer-reviewed articles may contribute, however unintentionally, to the maintenance of stigmatizing social imaginaries of groups including marginalized young people. This article draws on interdisciplinary sources to extend Avery Gordon’s work on haunting to the representation of research. It contends that research ‘outputs’ can ‘haunt’, or stay with and produce empathy in their audience, by communicating the ‘seething absences’ that trace the everyday effects of power affectively and by highlighting the ‘complex personhood’ of those affected. The possibilities of such an approach are illustrated through consideration of textual and visual representations of findings from a project that explored understandings of ‘belonging’ among young people in state care, and particularly a short film, co-produced with, and featuring, a participant. While ‘representation’ is employed here primarily in an everyday sense, this article discusses ‘non’ or ‘more than’ representational approaches, while advocating a strategic negotiation with representation in relation to social justice.
DOI Link: 10.1177/0038026118769843
Rights: Sarah Wilson, Haunting and the knowing and showing of qualitative research, Sociological Review (Volume 66, Issue 6), pp. 1209-1225. Copyright © The Author 2018. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.

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