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Cancer the Bogeyman and Me

Reflexivity and Emotion in 'End of Life' Research

Fiona M. Harris

This article explores the embodied nature of training in social anthropology and reveals how, while working in multidisciplinary teams and drawing on research methods and approaches more commonly associated with other disciplines, one might still be 'outed' in one's interpretation and analysis. I draw on the experience of working on a project exploring methodological issues and challenges to conducting research with terminally ill cancer patients to reveal the importance of situating ourselves as researchers firmly within the prejudices of our own societies. While personal experience of losing a parent to cancer should have alerted me to other ways of seeing cancer, I was nevertheless obliged to confront sociocultural constructions of cancer and recognise them as my own. Through understanding the power of 'imagined experience', I gained further insight into how intersubjectivity and reflexivity are crucial to the research process.

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Hans Karl Peterlini and Mary Brydon-Miller

the collaborative and creative projects they set for the participants in their classes. This is followed by Joaquin Trapero and Agata Stypka’s chapter on ‘Making a Difference through Teaching, Learning, and Research: Multidisciplinary Research

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Shelling from the ivory tower

Project Camelot and the post–World War II operationalization of social science

Philip Y. Kao

, John Bennett and Kurt Wolff (1955) claimed that structural functionalism was a kind of rapprochement, bringing together sociologists and anthropologists. 9 Project Camelot endorsed functionalism in part because it allowed for a multidisciplinary