Constructing narratives of loss: ethical challenges for an arts-based project with families in poverty and homeless people.

Karen Puttemans, Caroline Andries

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Abstract

This presentation centres upon an arts-based community project that evolves
in Brussels. Poverty-struck families, homeless people and researchers collaborate
in creating narratives of loss and bereavement. Our definition of loss is not
restricted to loss caused by death but also includes job loss, loss of housing,
child placement and loss of a stable family situation. During this session, we
aim to discuss thoroughly some of the ethical challenges we face in the course
of the research process. Examples are: generating questions versus the need for
answers, insider-outsider roles, identification with poverty discourses and my
position as a white female researcher from a middle-class background. These
challenges will be illustrated using preliminary findings from our project. Conference
participants are invited to join us in discussing the ways qualitative
research can meet the ethical challenges involved in addressing sensitive topics
with people living in difficult circumstances.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAbstracts of The International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, QI2010, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, May 26-29.
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventUnknown -
Duration: 1 Jan 2010 → …

Publication series

NameAbstracts of The International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, QI2010, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, May 26-29.

Conference

ConferenceUnknown
Period1/01/10 → …

Keywords

  • participatory
  • action
  • research
  • ethics
  • homelessness

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