Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) and the Ethics of Body and Place: Critical Methodological Reflections [Book Review]

Human Studies 37 (1):15-30 (2014)

This article is a critical methodological reflection on the use of interpretive phenomenological analysis (IPA) initiated in the context of a qualitative research project on the experience of seclusion in a psychiatric setting. It addresses an explicit gap in the IPA literature to explore the ways that Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology can extend the remit of IPA for noncognitivist qualitative research projects beyond the field of health psychology. In particular, the article develops Merleau-Ponty’s understanding of the lived-body, language, and embodied speech, with specific attention to the ethical implications of body and place. It concludes with a discussion on phenomenological reflexivity and prompts a reconsideration of phenomenological methods across a wide range of qualitative research projects concerned with subjectivity and ethical practice, including critical health studies, critical bioethics, and cultural studies that employ a qualitative empirical research design
Keywords Critical methods  Embodiment  Ethics  Interpretive phenomenological analysis (IPA)  Lived body  Merleau-Ponty  Phenomenology  Qualitative research
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DOI 10.1007/s10746-013-9282-0
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