Category Archives: Dissertation Parts

Looking for theme validation help

One of the challenges I’m having with my research is with the identification of themes within the blog posts. I’ve identified 10 key themes that I’d like use, but I’m afraid that because I’m coding my experience, I’m reading more into the blog posts than what others see. In this way, I’m too close to… Read More »

Writing as inquiry – healing the emotional and mental pains

Richardson and St. Pierre (2008) ask the question what role has writing played in your research? (OK sort of). They talk about how writing as inquiry suggests that the writing process is both an act of data collection and data analysis. The traditional lines established in interpretive/positivist qualitative inquiry are blurred. It has caused me… Read More »

Remission society and mourning my fantasy future

Past Dinosaur Fantasy Future Prehistoric

I apologies to those who read all my blogs, as I am cross posting this. I’d love to hear answers from the various readers of my different blogs. I want to connect two ideas: the idea of remission society as described by Arthur Frank (1995), and the concept of the fantasy future that I learned while… Read More »

Analysis of narratives versus narrative inquiry

Yesterday, I read a great article by Bochner & Riggs (2014) about narrative inquiry. In it, they use a framework defined by Polkinghorne (1995) to differentiate between analysis-of-narrative (or narratives-under-analysis) and narrative inquiry. I found this particularly interesting in part because my research seems to be using both. “In Polkinghorne’s (1995) schema, analysis of narratives… Read More »

When did my audience change?

As I re-read through my blog yet one more time, I find myself wondering – when did my sense of blog audience change? I didn’t start my blog with a specific audience in mind. I wrote it for me, but also for my family and friends – so they would know what was going on.… Read More »

Critical and chronic illness

I find that when I’m writing I often switch between the two things – critical illness and chronic illness. I have thought of them as different things, but my search into the literature is showing that the term chronic illness is the one that is more pervasive. First I need to differentiate between illness and disease.… Read More »

Illness is an opportunity

“because illness is an opportunity, though a dangerous one.” (p.1) “to seize the opportunities offered by illness, we must live illness actively: we must think about it and talk about it, and some, like me, must write about it” (p.3) I’m reading Arthur Frank’s At the will of the body: Reflections on illness. I’m only… Read More »