Emotional Labour and Qualitative Research: How I Learned Not to Laugh or Cry in the Field

  • Karen Ramsay
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This chapter explores the difficulties encountered when attempting to use feminist methodologies in predominately male organisational environments. It explores issues of power in research relationships and the development of rapport in ethnographic research. A central concern of this essay is the emotional impact that research has on the researcher. It is argued that the management of emotions necessary for the feminist researcher in an all-male environment may create distorted field relationships and may be too high a price to pay to illustrate the patriarchal culture of academia.


Ethnographic Research Feminist Perspective Emotional Management Feminist Research Emotion Work 
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