Masks as methodology and the phenomenological turn: issues of interpretation

Ruth Leitch, James Conroy

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The purposes of this chapter are to argue for (i) the heuristic value of the concept of mask and masking in research which has its basis in psychodynamic theory but relating it to socio-cultural theory as means to understanding self-experience (ii) the value of creating and performing masks as one valuable methodological ‘embodied’ form in social and educational research that represent individuals’ richly textured self-other constructions and allow for the interrogation of any simplistic dichotomies associated with notions of ‘inside’ ‘outside’ categories (iii) exploring possibilities and dilemmas of interpretation within this frame
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Handbook of Interpretation in Educational Research Methods
EditorsPaul Smeyers, D. Bridges, N. Burbules, M. Griffiths
Number of pages30
ISBN (Print)978-94-017-9281-3
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • research methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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