The hands have it: tactile participation and maximum grip in the aviation sector

McDonough, Brian (2017) The hands have it: tactile participation and maximum grip in the aviation sector. Qualitative Research, 19 (2). pp. 199-214. ISSN 1741-3109

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The hands involve knowing, sensing, and intuition. In our use of them as qualitative researchers, we have the capacity to enrich our understanding through our tactile engagement with things and people. Drawing on Heidegger (2003) and Merleau-Ponty’s (2014) phenomenology, this article examines the use of the hands in a qualitative study with a commercial aeroplane pilot, in which the hands were integral for understanding how to operate an aircraft simulator and fly a Cherokee aeroplane, used for training commercial pilots. By being there and engaging with things, we can attempt to acquire an optimal grasp of our research participant’s worlds, thus providing insightful ways of knowing and making sense of our qualitative data.

Item Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: hands, know-how, maximum grip, participation, tactile
Subjects: 300 Social sciences
300 Social sciences > 380 Commerce, communications & transportation
Department: School of Social Sciences (to June 2021)
School of Social Sciences and Professions
SWORD Depositor: Pub Router
Depositing User: Pub Router
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2019 14:17
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2019 13:32

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