Contested positions



Title Contested positions: how fiction informs empathic research
Author(s) E. de Freitas
Journal International Journal of Education & the Arts: A Journal of Scholarship
Date 2003
Volume 4
Issue 7
Start page 11
End page 22
Abstract Abstract
This article uses fiction and critical theory to explore the concept of empathy. Empathy has become one of the most contested concepts in the postmodern revisioning of the social sciences (Simon, 2000). Empathy assumes that we can profoundly understand the experiences of the Other, despite the radical cultural differences that divide us. I present two fictional narratives in which an educational researcher named Martha West examines both the promise and peril of research informed by empathy.

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