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Bearing witness to suffering: a reflection on the personal impact of conducting research with children and grandchildren of victims of apartheid-era gross human rights violations

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dc.date.accessioned 2019-11-21T13:15:11Z
dc.date.available 2019-11-21T13:15:11Z
dc.date.issued 2019-11-21 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/15037
dc.description.abstract Social scientists who conduct qualitative research frequently use emotional engagement to gather information about participants thoughts, feelings, and behaviours in relation to a particularly research question. When the subject under investigation is related to trauma, listening to, or being exposed to personal accounts of participants traumatic experiences can carry a significant emotional cost for researchers. This may place them at risk of secondary trauma. In this article, I examine these issues from the context of my doctoral field research in South Africa, which focused on intergenerational trauma amongst descendants of victims of apartheid-era gross human rights violations. I reflect on my positionality as both an insider and outsider and feelings of guilt that emanated from my sense of being privileged and an imposter. I also reflect on the emotional turmoil brought about by my engagement with the trauma of participants and their families. I conclude by sharing the lessons I have learnt, and that have enabled me to sustain my scholarly engagement with intergenerational trauma. Ultimately, this article gives insight into, and raises awareness about, the emotional consequences of conducting trauma research. It offers practical suggestions to help researchers navigate the emotional minefield involved in conducting trauma research. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis en
dc.subject HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS en
dc.subject CHILDREN en
dc.title Bearing witness to suffering: a reflection on the personal impact of conducting research with children and grandchildren of victims of apartheid-era gross human rights violations en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume November en
dc.BudgetYear 2019/20 en
dc.ResearchGroup Research Use and Impact Assessment en
dc.SourceTitle Social Epistemology en
dc.ArchiveNumber 11083 en
dc.URL http://ktree.hsrc.ac.za/doc_read_all.php?docid=21906 en
dc.PageNumber Online en
dc.outputnumber 10182 en
dc.bibliographictitle Adonis, C.K. (2019) Bearing witness to suffering: a reflection on the personal impact of conducting research with children and grandchildren of victims of apartheid-era gross human rights violations. <i>Social Epistemology</i>. November:Online. en
dc.publicationyear 2019 en
dc.contributor.author1 Adonis, C.K. en


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