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Research we’re reading – April 2018

Research we’re reading is a regular series written by Taylor & Francis employees, taking a look at recent research that has caught our attention and got us thinking.

Research we're reading: Klara Piechocki-BrownKlara Piechocki-Brown, Marketing Coordinator for Cogent Journals

An illness of one’s own: Memoir as art form and research as witness by Arthur W. Frank

Published in Cogent Arts & Humanities

“Traumatic experiences, by design, can be minefields of shame. Author and speaker Brene Brown tells us that the only cure for shame is to tell our stories and have them met with empathy. But putting a traumatic, often intimate, experience into a format that is bearable for a listener, is a heroic feat in itself.

In this paper the author Arthur Frank takes us on his journey of finding a way to talk about his fight with both cancer and chronic illness. Frank tells us of the tension between telling the full truth of his experiences while also ensuring it was able to be understood by his audience:

‘I had truths I needed to tell and a self I needed to write back into being.’

Frank’s research particularly stood out to me as someone who suffers with Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In this paper he generously shares his own hard won strategies that have helped him to get his books out into the world to help others.”

Research we're reading: Helen GilmourHelen Gilmour, Editorial Assistant

‘A Glass Half Full’? Women’s history in the UK by June Purvis

Published in Women’s History Review

“In this article, featured on our suffrage centennial landing page, Purvis explores the construction of women’s history across the 20th and 21st centuries, from how it’s being written – namely by women themselves post second wave feminism – to how attitudes towards gender history itself are evolving. Purvis notes that women’s history is generally becoming increasingly embedded in our popular culture, especially evident from the recent feature film Suffragette starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep, but also a resurgent interest in feminism amongst younger women.

What’s clear to see from resurgent campaigns such as the ‘Everyday Sexism’ project and the #metoo movement is that while women’s history may be making its way to the forefront, the fundamental message of 1918 has not been fully realized. The suffragette campaign is not to be mistaken for simply a fight for the vote, but rather the continuation of a longer battle to end sex discrimination; something which is ongoing in 2018.”

Research we're reading: Aletheia HeahAletheia Heah, Senior Marketing Executive

Problem-based learning: design development of female chef’s jackets by Catherine Black

Published in International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education

“Having worked as a chef, I’ve spent many hours in a chef’s jacket and have been aware of the male-dominated industry. I accepted that the chef’s jacket was a male/unisex uniform we would also wear. During my time as a chef, the development of a female chef’s jacket had almost never crossed my mind. Was it because we were too caught up with the daily hustle in the kitchen and had the pressure of performing (or perhaps even out performing) male colleagues?

The life of a chef consists of long hours in the kitchen which means a considerable amount of time spent in uniform. Hence, I was pleasantly surprised to see this article published and the research being done to take into consideration the female preference, but at the same time still have functional considerations such as designs that allow the ease of movement, double-layered fabrics that offer protection against accidental spills, hot surface contact burns and more.”

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