The ethics of researching something dear to my heart with others like me

Yvonne Downs

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In this chapter I revisit my doctoral research. Growing out of my concern that my graduate story was missing from the literature, my research sought to fill in and round out understandings of both the changing and enduring value of higher education in the lives of those who did not expect it to be part of their life story. I suspected that, despite the idiosyncrasies in my story, it would also resonate with others and I enlisted the help of eight other women ‘like me’ - graduates from white working class backgrounds in England who progressed from school to university in the 1970s. Using a life history approach I visited each of them to hear their stories because my purpose, amongst other things, was to fashion counter-narratives that made sense of our experiences. I now critically review the ethical basis and conduct of this research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge international handbook on narrative and life history
EditorsIvor Goodson, Ari Antikainen, Pat Sikes, Molly Andrews
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781315768199
ISBN (Print)9781138784291
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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