Multiple methods for researching Portuguese lesbian memory with age

Krainitzki, Eva L ORCID: 0000-0003-1178-718X (2014) Multiple methods for researching Portuguese lesbian memory with age. In: 8th International Conference on Cultural Gerontology, 10 - 12 April 2014, NUI Galway, Ireland.

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This presentation approaches possible challenges of memory work with older LGBT individuals (in a Portuguese context), ranging from participant recruitment to data analysis. When embarking on a memory work project seeking to collect and explore Portuguese lesbians’ recollections of relevant cultural encounters, what methods can we devise to ensure researching with age? Older lesbians have been described as a “population in hiding” (Westwood, 2013) and other qualitative projects about lesbian and bisexual women in Portugal have identified participant recruitment as a main constraint (Brandão, 2010). The aim here is to discuss research design issues, such as participant recruitment, anonymity and the researcher’s positionality (Merriam, et al, 2001), when multiple dimensions of identity intersect. Triangulation has been recognised as useful method within ageing studies (Reichstadt, 2010) as well as LGBT studies (Santos, 2013). I consider which methods should be combined to allow for the widest possible pool of participants and modes of participation to ensure that a valuable contribution is made to both ageing studies and lesbian studies, e.g. digital ethnography, audience research (Stacey, 1994) and memory work in a group setting (Haug, 1999).

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Portugal; Lesbian Studies; Aging; Cultural Memory
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Research Priority Areas: Culture, Continuity, and Transformation
Creative Practice and Theory
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2015 11:19
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 21:32

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