Madhouse and the whole thing there

Clarke, S.P. ORCID: 0000-0002-6708-0194, 2018. Madhouse and the whole thing there. Qualitative Research in Psychology. ISSN 1478-0887

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This article presents an autoethnography in the form of a short story of the experiences of a mental breakdown, and subsequent involuntary detainment, alongside the experiences of conducting PhD research outside the mainstream of the discipline of psychology. In response to criticisms of narrative approaches that they are methodologically solipsistic and present a socially atomised self, this narrative combines patient medical records with narrative recollections, alongside reflections on the research process from a contemporary perspective. In doing so, the narrative explores and interrogates themes relevant to creative practice in psychological research including the notion of authenticity, methodological issues of researching personal experience, the problem of subjectivity and, ultimately, the nature of madness and psychological distress, including its non-linearity and otherness.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Qualitative Research in Psychology
Creators: Clarke, S.P.
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 16 February 2018
ISSN: 1478-0887
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 14 Aug 2017 14:00
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2018 14:30

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