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Writing Across Boundaries: reflections on the place of writing in doctoral research training for social scientists

Bob Simpson and Robin Humphrey

In the training of doctoral researchers in the use of qualitative research methods, considerable effort goes into preparation for fieldwork and the collection of data. Rather less attention, however, goes into what happens when they have collected their data and begin to make sense of it. In particular, relatively little attention has been paid to the ways in which doctoral researchers might be supported as they begin to write using qualitative data. In this article we report on an inter-disciplinary project that set out to develop research training for qualitative researchers who had completed their fieldwork and were about to embark on writing their theses. An important issue in the delivery of this training was the question of boundaries - disciplinary, academic, technological and personal - and how these might be productively negotiated in the quest for good social science writing.

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Making social scientists, or not? Glimpses of the unmentionable in doctoral education

David Mills and Julia Paulson

Recent research on doctoral education in the U.K. has revealed the increasing number and diversity of academic relationships that shape the lives of research students, and students' own role in activating, mobilising and maintaining these relationships. Higher education policy reforms promoting doctoral 'skills training', interdisciplinary communities, thematic centres and supervisory teams, all create new networks for students to negotiate. Often beneficial and supportive, this article explores the 'unmentionable' consequences of relationships that gradually go awry.

This study began as a project exploring the everyday experiences of doctoral students and early career researchers in the Social Sciences within the U.K. As the research unfolded, we began to encounter accounts of neglect, exploitation and denigration. While such stories have long been part of postgraduate life, their seeming persistence in the face of robust quality assurance and supervisory codes needs further exploration. We offer three portraits of difficult doctoral journeys to explore these 'unmentionable' experiences and explore whether they are linked to growing institutional and career pressures on academics to prioritise research 'productivity'.

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Book Reviews

Hans Karl Peterlini and Mary Brydon-Miller

, but always present in community-based research. Section II then moves to a consideration of strategies for teaching CBR in community settings. Chapter 4, ‘Siem Sun’eem (Respected Children): A Community-based Research Training Story’, opens with a

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Capacity-building projects in African higher education

Issues of coloniality in international academic collaboration

Hanne Kirstine Adriansen and Lene Møller Madsen

African countries ( Madsen and Mählck 2018 ; Madsen and Nielsen 2016 ). However, capacity building is not a well-defined concept – and is variously referred to as capacity development, research training collaborations or development-aid funded research

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Feelings in the Field

The Emotional Labour of the Ethnographer

Maria Concetta Lo Bosco

research training for early career scholars. My observations are introduced by some fieldnote excerpts, as I believe they are methodologically relevant for understanding the ethnographer's emotional experience. By recording my different emotional states

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Familial Intimacy and the ‘Thing’ between Us

Cuddle Curtains and Desires for Detached Relationality in Germany, Austria and Switzerland

Andreas Streinzer, Almut Poppinga, Carolin Zieringer, Anna Wanka, and Georg Marx

during the SARS-CoV-2-Pandemic (VERSUS-Corona)”, supported by the Institute for Social Research, Frankfurt am Main, and the Research Training Group “Doing Transitions” at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. More info see

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My Home is My Castle/My Home is My Prison

The Relational Co-Constitution of Age and Home in the Transition from Work to Retirement

Anna Wanka

–2021), which is part of the ‘Doing Transitions: The Formation of Transitions over the Life Course’ interdisciplinary research training group. 1 A ‘doing’ approach to life-course transitions, as developed within this research group, conceptualises transitions

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Home Away from Home

Ethnography of an EU Erasmus+ Project

Terry Lamb and Danila Mayer

conducted collaboratively, including at times with the trainers and participants. Such research approaches are very much person-centred and therefore need a specific set of conventions/rules, as well as instruments. An appropriate level of research training

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The Impact Agenda and Its Impact on Early Career Researchers

A Discussion with Marilyn Strathern

Samantha Page and Marilyn Strathern

would have was of just a completely different tenor. Things have become highly professionalised in the way that courses have become highly professionalised, so that you have to complete proper research training before you can go off and do your research

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Doing the Fairy Tale Quest

Contesting the Author in the Video Game Jenny LeClue: Detectivú

Stephanie Harkin

unending support. I acknowledge the Commonwealth of Australia for their funding of this research through the Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship. References Bacchilega , Cristina . 1997 . Postmodern Fairy Tales: Gender and