Pleasure, pain and procrastination:reflections on the experience of doing memory-work research


The focus of this article is the process of doing memory-work research. We tell the story of our experience of what it was like to use this approach. We were enthused to work collectively on a "discovery" project to explore a method with which we were unfamiliar. We hoped to build working relationships based on mutual respect and the desire to focus on methodology and its place in our psychological understanding. The empirical activities highlighted methodological and experiential challenges, which tested our adherence to the social constructionist premise of Haug's original description of memory work. Combined with practical difficulties of living across Europe, writing and analyzing the memories became contentious. We found ourselves having to address a number of tensions emanating from the work and our approach to it. We discuss some of these tensions alongside examples that illustrate the research process and the ways we negotiated the collective nature of the memory-work approach.

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Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Psychology
College of Health & Life Sciences
College of Health & Life Sciences > Chronic and Communicable Conditions
Additional Information: This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Frost, N. A., Eatough, V., Shaw, R., Weille, K. L., Tzemou, E., & Baraitser, L. (2012). Pleasure, pain and procrastination: reflections on the experience of doing memory-work research. Qualitative research in psychology, 9(3), 231-248. Qualitative research in psychology 2012 © 2012 Crown Copyright. Taylor & Francis, available online at:
Uncontrolled Keywords: faith,feminism,memory,memory work,qualitative research,reflection,Psychology(all)
Publication ISSN: 1478-0895
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2024 17:23
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2014 12:09
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Published Date: 2012-05-14
Authors: Frost, Nollaig A.
Eatough, Virginia
Shaw, Rachel (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-0438-7666)
Weille, Katie L.
Tzemou, Effy
Baraitser, Lisa



Version: Accepted Version

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