Collectivity and analysis in memory-work

Year: 2001

Author: Ingleton, Christine

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This paper describes some of the dilemmas of collectivity, voice and power experienced by researchers in their analysis of the narratives and discussions that form the data of memory-work. Each memory-work project begins with a dynamic process in which individuals become a group generating unique and unexpected outcomes. Memories are stirred, experiences shared, insights gained and perceptions changed, long after the last meeting has been held. But when the project develops into a product for publication, some of these vital signs are lost. Three issues pertaining to collectivity and the researcher’s authority are taken up in this paper: the integrity of the individual production of the research outcomes from a collective process; an ambivalence about the nature of the researcher's authority in the collective production of data, and the robustness of the analytical process.