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Navigating the terrain of lived experiences: the value of lifeworld existentials for reflective analysis

Rich, Stephanie, Graham, Melissa, Taket, Ann and Shelley, Julia 2013, Navigating the terrain of lived experiences: the value of lifeworld existentials for reflective analysis, International journal of qualitative methods, vol. 12, pp. 498-510.

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Title Navigating the terrain of lived experiences: the value of lifeworld existentials for reflective analysis
Author(s) Rich, Stephanie
Graham, Melissa
Taket, Ann
Shelley, Julia
Journal name International journal of qualitative methods
Volume number 12
Start page 498
End page 510
Total pages 13
Publisher International Institute for Qualitative Methodology, University of Alberta
Place of publication Edmonton, Canada
Publication date 2013
ISSN 1609-4069
Keyword(s) childlessness
lived experience
Van Manen
lifeworld
Summary In qualitative research we are often presented with a tension between having open and fluid interviews to support staying true to the lived experiences of participants and achieving a level of abstraction from the data in order to uncover the essential structures and meanings of that particular lived experience. A way of resolving this tension is through the application of theoretical frameworks. Van Manen’s four lifeworld existentials offer a lens through which to explore and navigate disparate interview data and uncover the essences of lived experience, without imposing categories upon the data itself. Drawing on a study exploring the lived experiences of childless women, we explore the process and principles in operationalising the existentials and discuss the potential implications for analysis and findings. The article demonstrates how Van Manen’s lifeworld existentials present us with a holistic and valuable method for reflective practice, in coming to understand lived experience.
Language eng
Field of Research 160807 Sociological Methodology and Research Methods
169901 Gender Specific Studies
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2013
Copyright notice ©2013, University of Alberta, International Institute for Qualitative Methodology
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30057293

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