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On the emotions and politics of autoethnographic supervision

Racz, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-3540-7957, Robinson, S. & Parker, M. (2022). On the emotions and politics of autoethnographic supervision. In: Twinley, R. & Letherby, G. (Eds.), The Doctoral Journey as an Emotional, Embodied, Political Experience. (pp. 166-173). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.


In this chapter we collaboratively consider some doubts, tensions and anxieties around Marton’s PhD research that was supervised by Sarah and Martin. Instead of a teleological journey, we begin by discussing the PhD process using the metaphors of ‘the zone’, ‘dancing in the shadows’, and ‘reflections in a dark mirror’ to highlight the feelings we each most vividly recall. In the second part of the chapter we respond to each other’s opening metaphors. Finally, we settle on three themes that may be relevant to readers: the role of the institutional context in cultivating ‘dangerous’ and engaged PhD topics, the complexity of roles and identities during the supervision of such projects, and the problem with linear representations of multivocal realities.

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in The Doctoral Journey as an Emotional, Embodied, Political Experience: Stories from the Field on 29 Dec 2021, available online:
Publisher Keywords: Social Science; PhD; emotion; autoethnography; doctoral research
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
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