Negotiating emotions, rethinking otherness in suburban Melbourne

Lobo, Michele 2010, Negotiating emotions, rethinking otherness in suburban Melbourne, Gender, place and culture, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 99-114.

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Title Negotiating emotions, rethinking otherness in suburban Melbourne
Author(s) Lobo, Michele
Journal name Gender, place and culture
Volume number 17
Issue number 1
Start page 99
End page 114
Total pages 16
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Oxon, England
Publication date 2010-02
ISSN 0966-369X
1360-0524
Keyword(s) emotions
ethnicity
white privilege
critical self-reflexivity
Australia
Summary I argue that research that tries to makes sense of emotion provides a better understanding of the politics and ethics of doing face-to-face research. Reflecting on in-depth interviews with people who live and/or work in Dandenong, an outer suburban area of Melbourne, I draw attention to the emotional dimensions of the research process. In particular I focus on moments when the exercise of white privilege made it difficult to negotiate emotions. These were moments when the intersection of my ethnicity with my position as a new settler in Dandenong made me feel excluded. The outcome was that I found it hard to value the voice of participants who were eager to help me with my research. A critical reflection of the emotions produced during such interpersonal encounters, however, has enabled me to rethink moments when the Self/Other binary unintentionally emerged. Critical self-reflexivity that is attentive to emotions gave me the opportunity to move closer to my goal of being an ethical researcher.
Language eng
Field of Research 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
Socio Economic Objective 940111 Ethnicity, Multiculturalism and Migrant Development and Welfare
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2010
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30052426

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation
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