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, doi: 10.1080/09663690903522446.

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Title Negotiating emotions, rethinking otherness in suburban Melbourne
Author(s) Lobo, MicheleORCID iD for 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
Keyword(s) emotions
white privilege
critical self-reflexivity
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
DOI 10.1080/09663690903522446
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
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