Expanding hermeneutic horizons: Working as multiple researchers and with multiple participants
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AbstractThe double hermeneutic is a central feature of interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). Typically, this has been considered in relation to individual researchers working with experiential accounts from individual participants. IPA has, however, frequently been applied by multiple researchers; a further layer of complexity occurs when individual or multiple researchers analyse data from group interactions. Little attention has been paid to hermeneutic considerations in these contexts. We present insights into our encounters with multiple hermeneutics as well as our application of the hermeneutic circle; we also consider implications for IPA research. Our multi-vocal approach to analysis requires us to work in a much more integrative manner than is generally represented in IPA literature. Explicitly attending to multiple hermeneutics in focus group situations provides additional insights into the social and cultural contexts within which participants’ experiences exist. This article discusses how the inclusion of multiple hermeneutics adds richness and robustness to IPA.
CitationMontague, J., Phillips, E., Holland, F. and Archer, S., (2020). 'Expanding hermeneutic horizons: Working as multiple researchers and with multiple participants'. Research Methods in Medicine & Health Sciences, 1(1), pp. 25-30.
JournalJournal of Research Methods in Medicine and Health Sciences
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