Handmade object elicitation: using handmade objects to prompt richer interview data

Blackwell, Ian (2020) Handmade object elicitation: using handmade objects to prompt richer interview data. Social Research Practice, 9.

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As part of a qualitative study of UK dads’ groups, fathers and children were invited to bring objects they had made at the dads’ group to semi-structured interviews. Within social science research, the objects that have been used as elicitation stimuli in interviews to date have been dominated by manufactured/ shop-bought items. This article considers the benefits and potential of using objects created by participants – termed ‘handmade object elicitation’ (HOE) – as an inclusive and creative research method. HOE, it is argued, engages and sustains children and adults in the interview process; addresses some of the limitations of elicitation methods; generates rich conversations; and unearths valuable insights. Furthermore, handmade objects differ from elicitation practices which utilise manufactured and shopbought items because the handmade objects are embodied within the making process and, therefore, potentially are more bound to the memory-making and meaning-making processes. As such, HOE has considerable potential as a valuable qualitative research method.

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Depositing User: Ms Raisa Burton
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2024 09:55
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2024 09:55
URI: https://marjon.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/17639
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