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Researching the researcher: producing emotionally-sensed knowledge in migration research

Genova, Elena; Zontini, Elisabetta

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Elisabetta Zontini


Reflexivity has been central to recent debates in migration studies, focusing on how migration scholarship can become more equitable, inclusive, and attuned to the power dynamics inherent in research processes. In this article, we advance these debates by demonstrating the role of emotions as crucial tools for knowledge production. Drawing on feminist qualitative research, we introduce our emotionally-sensed approach to account for the role of emotions across the different, yet inter-related, stages of the research process. More specifically, we operationalise the processes of constructing, generating and producing emotionally-sensed knowledge and illustrate them with examples from our ethnographic research on the impact of Brexit on EU migrants in the UK. The paper makes the case for emotionally-sensed knowledge as part of the reflexive turn in migration studies and provides strategies to more consistently incorporate researchers’ emotions in processes of knowledge production.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 15, 2023
Online Publication Date Oct 5, 2023
Publication Date Oct 5, 2023
Deposit Date Oct 13, 2023
Publicly Available Date Oct 19, 2023
Journal Ethnic and Racial Studies
Print ISSN 0141-9870
Electronic ISSN 1466-4356
Publisher Informa UK Limited
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 1-24
Keywords Emotions; reflexivity; knowledge production; emotionally-sensed knowledge; power relations; migration research
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