The homecomer and the stranger: Reflections on positionality and the benefits of an insider-outsider tandem in qualitative research

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Abstract

Based on the experience of conducting field research in Kazakhstan, I reflect on the challenges of working in a cross-cultural insider-outsider differentiated team. My work with my colleague Eva Kipnis on this research project highlighted that the research team dynamics not only needed detailed attention in a research design, but also required consideration during data analysis. I realise that being an insider or an outsider is not a dichotomous relationship, and that applying particular methods, such as debriefing and memoing, helped give each other equal weight in the collection and interpretation of data. Besides memoing and debriefing, it is the informal conversations between the two researchers, talking about any questions, thoughts or ideas in detail between interviews that helped us do greater justice to our research and our participants, write Aurelie Bröckerhoff.
Original languageEnglish
TypeContribution to an academic blog on conducting field research managed by the LSE.
Media of outputLSE Field Methods Blog
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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