Explicating articulations: intentions and intonations in researching the voices of retired Australians

Coombes, Phyllida and Danaher, Geoff and Danaher, Patrick Alan (2014) Explicating articulations: intentions and intonations in researching the voices of retired Australians. In: Echoes: ethics and issues of voice in education research. Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, pp. 69-82. ISBN 978-94-6209-490-1


If researchers are to listen attentively to the voices of research participants, they need to be able to explicate those participants' diverse articulations of lived experiences and multiple realities. At the same time, they inevitably bring their own perspectives to bear in designing their studies and analysing the utterances that they record. This intersection of intentions and intonations of research participants and researchers alike is crucial if complex and sometimes competing understandings of the world are to be vocalised in ethically engaged ways.
This proposition is illustrated by the authors' conceptually framed reflections on conducting research with members of a retirement village in Queensland, Australia. The study was a single site, qualitative case study designed to elicit participants' engagements with the phenomenon of retirement, informed by contemporary scholarship on mobilities and performativity that emphasises human agency against the backdrop of broader sociocultural forces related to work and recreation.
The analysis of the study's findings highlights themes of adaptation, resistance and uncertainty by the participating retirees in creating new lives for themselves in a new community. These themes give analytical priority to the participants' intentions in enacting that creation, and the researchers in turn assign methodological weight to eliciting the intonations attending the articulation of those intentions.
Simultaneously the researchers' own intentions and intonations receive attention, given their function in framing the explication of the articulation of the participants' voices, which sometimes find echoes in the authors' perspectives and at other times set up potential discordances. This outcome both derives from and extends beyond one researcher's dual role as a member of the research team and as a resident of the retirement village. More broadly, the authors ponder possible implications for enhancing the effective and ethical conduct of research with older Australians.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2014 Sense Publishers. Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2014 06:21
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2017 00:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: retirement villages; retired people; Australia; adaptation; life changes; research ethics; voice
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220107 Professional Ethics (incl. police and research ethics)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9405 Work and Institutional Development > 940501 Employment Patterns and Change
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/26065

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