Those Numbered Days: An Autoethnography on Living and Dying with a Cancer Patient

Those Numbered Days: An Autoethnography on Living and Dying with a Cancer Patient Doing research on cancer patients often involves painful journeys through the processes of involvement and detachment with research settings and participants. It is a self-transforming event to see close cared for people die. Yet frequently these experiences remain unreported in academic writing. The present article attempts to depict the narratives of attachment in the context of terminal illness and detachment as a consequence of death of the research participant, Jabbar, to reflect on such a journey. It focuses on the formation of a relationship beyond the boundaries of the purposes of research to reflect on two related issues, first, the nature of attachments and relationship building that goes in parallel to the formal dimensions of the research, and second, emotions, self-transformation and contextual embeddedness of doing research with terminally ill cancer patients. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Human Values SAGE

Those Numbered Days: An Autoethnography on Living and Dying with a Cancer Patient

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SAGE
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© 2018 SAGE Publications
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0971-6858
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0973-0737
D.O.I.
10.1177/0971685818774154
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Abstract

Doing research on cancer patients often involves painful journeys through the processes of involvement and detachment with research settings and participants. It is a self-transforming event to see close cared for people die. Yet frequently these experiences remain unreported in academic writing. The present article attempts to depict the narratives of attachment in the context of terminal illness and detachment as a consequence of death of the research participant, Jabbar, to reflect on such a journey. It focuses on the formation of a relationship beyond the boundaries of the purposes of research to reflect on two related issues, first, the nature of attachments and relationship building that goes in parallel to the formal dimensions of the research, and second, emotions, self-transformation and contextual embeddedness of doing research with terminally ill cancer patients.

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Journal of Human ValuesSAGE

Published: Sep 1, 2018

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