'Me', 'Me', 'Me': The use of the first person in academic writing and some reflections on subjective analyses of personal experiences

Davies, Pamela (2012) 'Me', 'Me', 'Me': The use of the first person in academic writing and some reflections on subjective analyses of personal experiences. Sociology, 46 (4). pp. 744-752. ISSN 0038-0385

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0038038512437897

Abstract

This research note discusses being self-conscious methodologically. It illustrates my pains to be deeply reflexive about research and academic writing. It does so with reference to a personal experience that raised, as feminist research often does, emotional as well as intellectual issues. It specifically explores the use of the first person in academic writing. Writing as ‘I’ forced comparisons between the personal and impersonal which in turn have caused me to reflect more deeply on emotive, individual and subjective analyses of personal experiences. With reference to a case study of ‘me’, this note is a reminder of the materiality and sociality of writing. It shows how social scientists have emotions about the subjects they study. Furthermore, it demonstrates implications for parental experience studies research and policy and practice in child and family social work.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: emotions, 'I', personal, reflexivity, experience, individual,subjective
Subjects: L300 Sociology
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2012 17:44
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 08:25
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/10779

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