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The emotional labour of gaining and maintaining access to the field
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3522-4963
2015 (English)In: Qualitative Research, ISSN 1468-7941, E-ISSN 1741-3109, Vol. 15, no 6, 688-704 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The role of emotions in qualitative research receives increasing attention. We argue for an activerather than a reactive approach towards emotions to improve the quality of research; emotionsare a vital source of information and researchers use emotions strategically. Analysing the emotionwork of researchers in the process of gaining, securing and maintaining access to the Swedishjudiciary, we propose that the emotion work involved is a type of emotional labour, requiredby the researcher in order to successfully collect data. The particular case of researching elitesis highlighted. Emotional labour is analysed along three dimensions: 1. Strategic emotion work– building trust outwards and self-confidence inwards; 2. Emotional reflexivity – attentiveness toemotional signals monitoring one’s position and actions in the field; and 3. Emotion work to copewith emotive dissonance – inward-directed emotion work to deal with the potentially alienatingeffects of strategic emotion work.

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2015. Vol. 15, no 6, 688-704 p.
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access, elite research, emotive dissonance, emotional labour, judiciary, qualitative methods
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-122388DOI: 10.1177/1468794114561348ISI: 000364830400003OAI: diva2:865937
Emotions in court
Swedish Research Council, 2011-1553
Available from: 2015-10-29 Created: 2015-10-29 Last updated: 2015-12-08Bibliographically approved

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