The Hands Have It: Tactile Participation and Maximum Grip in the Aviation Sector

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    Abstract

    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)199-214
    Number of pages15
    JournalQualitative Research
    Volume19
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 4 Apr 2019

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