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    Participants and researchers searching for meaning: interpretative phenomenological analysis and the experience of pain

    Smith, Jonathan A. (2018) Participants and researchers searching for meaning: interpretative phenomenological analysis and the experience of pain. Qualitative Research in Psychology 16 (2), pp. 166-181. ISSN 1478-0887.

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    Abstract

    In this paper, I describe an extended theoretical positioning for IPA’s inherent concern with meaning-making on the part of both participant and researcher. It arises from thinking I have done as part of giving a set of keynote presentations in 2017-18 (in London, UK; Florida, USA; Poitiers, France ). The paper presents a composite of the ideas outlined in the keynotes and stays close to the oral voice of the talks. I am grateful to the conference organizers for inviting me and so helping me to develop this piece. In it, I draw on a range of writings on meaning and use them to elaborate on what is meant by IPA’s concern with the search for meaning. In order to illustrate how this works in practice, I then take some examples from studies I have conducted on the experience of pain and link the theoretical ideas to the studies’ findings.

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    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis, available online at the link above.
    School: School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Jonathan Smith
    Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2018 13:59
    Last Modified: 10 Jun 2021 10:17
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/24904

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