Auto/Biographical Approaches to Researching Death and Bereavement: Connections, Continuums, Contrasts

Brennan, Michael and Letherby, Gayle (2017) Auto/Biographical Approaches to Researching Death and Bereavement: Connections, Continuums, Contrasts. Mortality. ISSN 1357-6275 (Accepted for Publication)

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Abstract

We argue here that auto/biography is an epistemological approach challenging traditional claims to objectivity, recognising the personhood of researchers as well as respondents and the complex relationship between the self and other (in both face-to-face encounters and ‘texts’ of various kinds). After outlining some of the fundamental benefits of an auto/biographical approach—within the social sciences generally, and death studies specifically—we, with reference to some of our research and writing experiences, reflect on each of our positions on the auto/biographical continuum. We explore the differences and the similarities in our epistemological approach and make the case for the significance of auto/biography.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Mortality on 21 Feb 2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13576275.2017.1291604
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Social Science
Depositing User: Michael Brennan
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2017 13:17
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2017 13:17
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/1756

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