Researching "experience": embodiment, methodology, process

Brown, Steven D., Cromby, John, Harper, David J. and Johnson, K. (2011) Researching "experience": embodiment, methodology, process Theory & Psychology, 21 (4). pp. 493-515. ISSN 0959-3543

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Abstract

In this paper, we explore some of the tensions involved in the process of engaging with embodiment research. Although a significant volume of discursive work on “the body” and its role in social relations now exists, there is little in the way of empirical research that moves the focus away from discourse alone to concentrate on other modalities, such as embodied feelings, sensations, and engagements with the world. We begin by briefly reviewing the turn to embodiment across the social sciences and the manner in which this has been taken up in psychology. We then outline our attempts as a research collective to develop methodologies and research activities that can produce meaningful data on embodied experience. The outcomes of one of these tasks are then described in detail, along with reflections on the difficulties and limitations that emerged. Finally, we attempt to conceptualize the challenge of researching embodiment by returning to the late 19th century psychology of John Dewey, which, we argue, neatly summarizes some of the problems to be addressed by any researchers engaged in the “turn to the body.”

Item Type: Journal article
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1177/0959354310377543
Faculties: Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Applied Social Science
Depositing User: editor sass
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2011 10:32
Last Modified: 21 May 2014 11:01
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/9142

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