Who's Hurting Who? The Ethics of Engaging the Marked Body

Kay Inckle (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, incklek at tcd.ie)

DOI: 10.1191/0967550705ab022oa


This paper outlines, and forms a part of, my journey through the issues, ethics and discomforts that are enmeshed in my relationship with my research. My work, which focuses on women's experiences of body marking and which began as a feminist project, has evolved into a complex and messy narrative from which I am unable to separate myself. My negotiation of the issues of ethics and representation ultimately dissolves the borders of fact and fiction, truth and representation, self and other. And while this confirms my initial premise that a separated and objective researcher is an impossibility, this increases rather than resolves the dilemmas that I face in seeking to engage the marked body.


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