Finally the special issue of the Journal of Ethics in Mental Health (JEMH) is released by the McMaster University in Canada. The whole process has lasted over two years, for we began in April 2017- when I was still in the midst of collecting my empirical data- narratives of people with lived experiences of mental … Continue reading Journal of Ethics in Mental Health- some thoughts about the special issue
The writing for 2019, at least the formal writing that I will be putting out in the public domain is all done by now. No more phew! One could heave a sigh of relief, because it did put me through sudden pressurse. Some things were written in the greatest hurry and one or two which … Continue reading The writing in the public domain, 2019
There is a slight contradiction I am facing at present. Since I am reading so much, there is a need to write equally as much. But what is happening instead is that I am not writing at all! I am somewhat overwhelmed by the reading. Thanks for academic writing, which is spread in three or … Continue reading The writing paradox
Nothing makes my heart glad as much as the arrival of a new book- even if I cannot read it immediately. The sense of it's arrival as a part of my world, my home, my bookshelves makes me feel richer and deeply satisfied. Books have been a important companion to me, equally as much as … Continue reading A fortnight of books
I was just listening to one of my research interviews and upon asking the interviewee who was the most important person in his recovery, he replied, (a bit shocking for me) "Me"! (the exclamation is mine) I could not believe for a moment, but then I thought that is also true for me, only I … Continue reading The most important person for recovery
I am nearly at the end of my 'data collection'; if one can say that about qualitative research. I have interviewed most people that I wanted to, barring two sets- it is a big number, considering how challenging it has been to identify such people; when one is not taking the road of psychiatric clinics … Continue reading PhD research- next phase
Finding willing research informants is a concern for every doctoral researcher, thank god for it! What a contradictory sentence this may seem. But had I not known the component I have highlighted, I would have thought it is only me (and moped about 'poor me'!). In a sense, it is great to have a mentor … Continue reading Capricious or tight lipped?
I was recently reading an article by Neely Myers titled, A Fragile Recovery in the United States, in the book, Our Most Troubling Madness. The book chapter is a storied account of how the researcher (who is an anthropologist working on her doctoral thesis) engages with the central character of the chapter, a woman she refers … Continue reading Valuing research informants