9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN20 Qualitative Methods

2009-09-05 11:00:00 2009-09-05 12:30:00 Saturday, 5 September 11:00 - 12:30 Gender Related Issues in QM Building II, C2.01

How metaphorising could make sense of what research interviews are about?

My general goal in my research project is to further develop the model for ?gendering the research self? that Alison Pullen has introduced in her work. Pullen aspires to synthesise three well-known approaches to the gendering: i) the discursive/textual approach; ii) the performance/social practice approach and iii) the gender corporeality approach. In my view, metaphors can evade dichotomous categorising and convey a plurality of differences that must be looked for in research. I argue that metaphorical thinking is a key tool in applying the strategies that Pullen recommends for gendering the research self. I have found what I call ?metaphorising? potential to i) metamorphose the often-contrived and too-polished looking autobiographical confessions of a researcher into something more interesting and intertextual; ii) contribute to construction of a gender perspective that is ironic or otherwise ?eccentric?; and iii) make us see our research practice in a new and innovative light.