Understanding More Fully: A Multimodal Hermeneutic-Phenomenological Approach

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Boden, Z. and Eatough, V (2014). Understanding More Fully: A Multimodal Hermeneutic-Phenomenological Approach. Qualitative Research in Psychology. 11 (2), pp. 160-177.
AuthorsBoden, Z. and Eatough, V
Abstract

This article shares a research methodology that we argue supports human science researchers in their aim to understand lived experiences more fully. Drawing on Merleau-Pontian thinking, the article outlines three dimensions of sense experience that underpin our approach: the felt-sense, aesthetic aspects of language, and visual imagery. We then detail this approach: the data-collection phase is a creative interviewing method, adapted from Imagery in Movement Method (Schneier 1989) and focusing technique (Gendlin 1997). This results in multimodal data: drawings, and bodily and verbal accounts, rich in imagery. The analysis is an expanded hermeneutic-phenomenology, and in this article we focus in particular on our method for interpreting visual data. Three examples taken from a case-study about feeling guilty are provided to illustrate the potential of the approach. The article concludes with some reflections on the impact of using a multimodal approach in human science research. © 2014 Copyright © Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Year2014
JournalQualitative Research in Psychology
Journal citation11 (2), pp. 160-177
PublisherLondon South Bank University
ISSN1478-0887
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/14780887.2013.853854
Publication dates
Print06 Mar 2014
Publication process dates
Deposited14 Dec 2017
Accepted24 Oct 2013
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY 4.0
File Access Level
Open
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