The mark of the researcher's hand: the imperfections of craft in the process of becoming a qualitative researcher

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Abstract

This article draws on insights from the author’s doctoral training and fieldwork in pottery making to extend conversations about the ‘craft’ of qualitative research. Specifically, the imagery of potter and clay is introduced to explore the unfolding of craft – or the development of well-thought-out research – in the process of becoming a qualitative researcher. A longitudinal account of making research and making pottery zooms in on the deeply personal relationship between the craftsperson and their materials to explore the affective relations that emerge in craftwork. By tilting the emphasis towards the processes that bring things into being, rather than the objects that are produced, craft-in-research is conceptualised as a reciprocal shaping of bodies that unfolds in and through the simultaneous becoming of researcher and research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)541-558
Number of pages18
JournalManagement Learning
Volume52
Issue number5
Early online date24 Nov 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021

Keywords

  • Affect
  • Craft
  • Embodiment
  • Process
  • Theory
  • Qualitative research

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