“Doing death”: Reflecting on the researcher’s subjectivity and emotions

Renske C. Visser

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Given that death is a universal concept, the idea that a researcher must be objective when studying this topic is common place and problematic. Thus, this article adds to the literature by discussing the complexity of subjectivity within death studies. Three key elements of subjectivity form the basis of this discussion: (a) the researcher’s cultural background, (b) the researcher’s personal experiences, and (c) the emotional impact of research on the researcher. It is argued that transparency about the subjective nature of death studies research can be fruitful in understanding the research process before, during, and after fieldwork.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-13
Number of pages8
JournalDeath Studies
Issue number1
Early online date15 Nov 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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