Soliloquy: a methodology for first‐person research

Vallack, Jocene (2014) Soliloquy: a methodology for first‐person research. In: Proceedings of the 13th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management. pp. 365-369. From: ECRM 2014: 13th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management, 16 - 17 June 2014, London, UK.

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As ways of knowing move beyond the limitations of twentieth century modernism, Qualitative researchers are embarking on the depth of understanding that can come from first‐person research methods. These include Autoethnography (Ellis, 2004), Heuristic Inquiry (Moustakas, 1990), Narrative Inquiry and some approaches to Performance Ethnography. This paper recognises that although quantitative methods remain vital for information about the what, how many and where of an inquiry, the why is often better served through qualitative indicators, including first‐person research methods. Soliloquy is a methodology for doing research within one's own experience. Informed by the pure phenomenology of Edmund Husserl, Soliloquy aspires to be a systematic research application of Husserl's philosophical phenomenology. It presents a step‐by‐step model for reflective inquiry, which uses arts‐based methods for data collection, analysis and also for the presentation of research outcomes. It is a research approach that is highly suited to artists and entrepreneurs. In the paper, Soliloquy: A Methodology for First‐Person Research, the key notion of apodictic truth is explained, and used to account for the possibility of credible, intersubjective truths emerging from highly subjective and personal data. Rather than seeking themes from second‐hand descriptions, researchers are invited to prepare the way for archetypal objects to emerge through unconscious synthesis of data – like in a dream, or through arts practice ‐ thus potentially creating universal insights into the research question. Furthermore, the specific methods of Experiencing, Epoche retreat, Epiphany, Explication and Examination are explained, and illustrated with examples from previously published research, through which Soliloquy has been trialed and refined.

Item ID: 34152
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-1-909507-61-6
ISSN: 2049‐0976
Keywords: Soliloquy, subtextual phenomenology, first‐person research, autoethnography
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Funders: SOE Early Career Research Grant
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2014 01:45
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939902 Education and Training Theory and Methodology @ 100%
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