Poetic Gestures of Life
This chapter is an exploration of how personal life and family history interact with the experiences of being a visiting student and researcher in a foreign place. The author describes the role of writing poetry and being educated on her family background through stories. She uses her own experience of becoming a mother as a frame for the chapter and discusses her experiences in urban and rural Gujarat, India, where she has spent extensive amounts of time researching families with infants and small children. Some of these experiences that changed her life are described in detail and illustrated through poems written during this time. She concludes by reflecting how her own motherhood enables her see new connections to her research participants.
- Abbey, E., & Bastos, A. C. (2017). Living with “Encantados”: Dances of poet and scientist within the self. In O. V. Lehmann, N. Chaudhary, A. C. Bastos, & E. Abbey (Eds.), Poetry and imagined worlds: Creativity and everyday experience. London: Palgrave Macmillan. Retrieved from http://www.qualitative-research.net/index.php/fqs/article/view/1589/3096
- Abels, M. (2002). Baby massage in rural Gujarat, India. Physical growth, motor development and caregivers’ ethnotheories. Unpublished master’s thesis, University of Osnabrueck.Google Scholar
- Abels, M. (2007). The expression of emotional warmth: Ethnotheories of rural and urban Indian mothers and grandmothers. Doctoral dissertation, University of Osnabrueck. Retrieved from https://repositorium.uni-osnabrueck.de/bitstream/urn:nbn:de:gbv:700-2007090716/2/E-Diss700_thesis.pdf
- Abels, M. (under review). Directing attention and triadic interaction: Hierarchical and child-centered interactions of rural and urban Gujarati (Indian) caregivers and 9-month olds.Google Scholar
- Alsop, C. K. (2002). Home and away: Self-reflexive auto-/ethnography. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung, 3(3), Art. 10.Google Scholar
- Benn, G. (1986). Sämtliche Werke. Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta.Google Scholar
- Bhattacharya, M. (1998). Echoes of India: The poems of Octavio Paz. India International Centre Quarterly, 25(1), 1–19. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.2307/23005597?ref=search-gateway:5e7af51c4be707d7d412f4e03e9c0d11
- Ellis, C., Adams, T. E., & Bochner, A. P. (2011). Autoethnography: An overview. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung/Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 12(1). Retrieved from http://www.qualitative-research.net/index.php/fqs/article/view/1589/3096
- Furman, R. (2005). Using poetry and written exercises to teach empathy. Journal of Poetry Therapy, 18(2), 103–110. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1352465802004071.
- Gottlieb, A. (2004). The afterlife is where we come from. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press.Google Scholar
- Lichtenstein, A. (1962). Gesammelte Gedichte. Zürich: Verlag der Arche.Google Scholar
- Richardson, L., & St. Pierre, E. A. (2006). Writing. A method of inquiry. In N. K. Denzin & Y. S. Lincoln (Eds.), The Sage handbook of qualitative research (pp. 959–978). Thousand Oaks: Sage.Google Scholar
- Schiefenhövel, W. (2013). From ethology to human ethology. Cognitive patterns in the culture of the Eipo, highlands of West-New Guinea. In A. Wessel, R. Menzel, & G. Tembrock (Eds.), Quo vadis, behavioural biology? Past, present, and future of an evolving science (pp. 255–270). Nova Acta Leopoldina (Nr. 380, Band 111).Google Scholar