Emotionally intelligent research

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Key to this paper is not so much the emotions of the researcher that emanate from fieldwork, but those of the researched (and their emotional intelligence). Using a vignette of research on the impact of the 2001 foot and mouth disease outbreak on rural economies in the north of England, the paper explores emotions as clues and ways of seeing. It is broadly influenced by a social constructionist approach that views emotion as created and understood in the context of relationships with others and made meaningful through discourses, language and signifiers. It does not, though, deny the physical sensations that accompany emotion and the ways in which emotions are embodied as individuals interact with others (human and non-human).

Keywords: emotion; emotional intelligence; emotionality; ethnographic; intersubjectivity

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0004-0894.2004.00241.x

Affiliations: Centre for Rural Economy, School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, Email: katy.bennett@ncl.ac.uk

Publication date: December 1, 2004

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