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Subjects and Objects: An Ethic of Representing the Other

  • Eric StewartEmail author
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Abstract

In this chapter I reflect on the challenges and paradoxes of representing the other in critical research. Particular attention is given to implicit configurations of subject/object or self/other in approaches informed by both rational/theoretical and caring/humanistic methodologies. Drawing on an extended qualitative study of ten women with traumatic brain injury, I explore the contradictory and often latent assumptions about researcher subjectivity and the possibility and meaning of knowing the object/other of research either through unity or through distance. Rather than resolving the ethical dilemmas and dangers posed by a field and a researcher/subject caught up in the will to know, the chapter concludes by pointing to the implications of ethical practice grounded in the fragmentary and unstable nature of the researcher as a “virtual self”.

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Human Subjects Social scienceSocial Science Researchable Topics Arbitrary Closure Provide Proxy Consent 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of WashingtonBothellUSA

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