Intimate relationships can serve as catalysts impelling us to deeply interact with others, and, consequently helping us to develop a greater understanding of ourselves, those with whom we come into contact, and the wider world. This manuscript describes the challenges and constraints I faced when engaged in qualitative research with an intimate other. I borrow from Dr. Carolyn Ellis’ (2007) concept of relational ethics, which requires researchers to: (a) act from their hearts and minds, (b) acknowledge interpersonal bonds to others, and (c) take responsibility for actions and their consequences. Power is a part of intimate relationships, so exploring and discussing power issues is critical in developing a solid research design and research processes when we involve intimate others, not to mention a solid baseline for a familial relationship. In this manuscript, I share methods I developed to interrogate my own awareness of my situated power/authority.
Intimacy, Relational Ethics, Dialogic Storytelling, Power, Intimate Others
I thank my major professor, Dr. Jim King, for his guidance and friendship.
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Alley, K. M. (2018). The Roles We Played: Exploring Intimacy in Research. The Qualitative Report, 23(6), 1470-1482. Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol23/iss6/13