Engaging Resistance

A Poetic Hermeneutical Phenomenology of Mothering


  • Meredith Gringle UNC Greensboro




motherhood, mothering, maternal self-care, research poetics, hermeneutical phenomenology


In this article, I discuss the ways that contending with my own resistance around being a mother while researching mothers/mothering, inspired and shaped a study on maternal self-care. Using Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble (2006) as a beginning guide, I discuss how I developed a poetic hermeneutical phenomenology, which emerged as a way out of my resistance and into a deeper relationship with the texts and substance of my project. The purpose of the article is not to present findings; instead, I express my personal and theoretical rationale for the study, offer up my methodology, and provide examples of the poetic performances that steered my analyses. I also reflect upon the ways that I became folded within this project and how my own positionalities affected, and were affected by, engaging in this work. Lastly, I issue a call for qualitative researchers to make explicit our connections to our research, and to interrogate how these connections relate to our goals and gazes.

Author Biography

Meredith Gringle, UNC Greensboro

Meredith R. Gringle PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor (Academic Professional Track) of Public Health Education at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Her interests center on maternal health and mothering, storytelling within public health, and poetic research methods. https://hhs.uncg.edu/phe/people/gringle-meredith/ 




How to Cite

Gringle, M. (2023). Engaging Resistance: A Poetic Hermeneutical Phenomenology of Mothering . Art/Research/International:/A/Transdisciplinary/Journal, 8(1), 245–269. https://doi.org/10.18432/ari29644