The definition of data in qualitative research is expanding. This book highlights the value of embodiment as a qualitative research tool and outlines what it means to do embodied research at various points of the research process. It shows how using this non-invasive approach with vulnerable research participants, such as migrant, refugee and asylum seeking women can help service users or research participants to be involved in the co- production of services and in participatory research.
Drawing on both feminist and post-colonial theory, the author uses her own research with migrant women in London, focusing specifically on collage making and digital storytelling, whilst also considering other potential tools for practicing embodied research such as yoga, personal diaries, dance and mindfulness. Situating the concept of ‘embodiment’ on the map of research methodologies, the book combines theoretical groundwork with actual examples of application to think pragmatically about intersectionality through embodiment.
Dr. Elena Vacchelli is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Greenwich, London specialising in migration and urban studies from a gendered perspective and has published a wide range of articles, special issues and policy reports on these themes. Her research interests include creative and participatory research tools for working with marginalised groups.
Beyond phenomenology: embodiment in qualitative research;
Intersectionality at work: feminist and de-colonial research;
De-colonising research: collage making with migrant, refugee and asylum seeking women;
Digital embodiments: a digital storytelling workshop with migrant women;
Conclusions: a post-humanist project?