Doing research in peoples’ homes: fieldwork, ethics and safety – on the practical challenges of researching and representing life on the margins

BASHIR, Nadia (2017). Doing research in peoples’ homes: fieldwork, ethics and safety – on the practical challenges of researching and representing life on the margins. Qualitative Research.

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Abstract

Drawing on the author’s experiences and reflections of researching vulnerable people for a housing research project, this article explores the ethical dilemmas, and the health and safety challenges, of conducting in-depth, qualitative interviews with ‘vulnerable’ research participants in their own homes. Vulnerability, in a housing research context, takes account of: living in poverty; insecure housing/employment situations; poor health and/or mental ill health; alcohol and /or drug dependency, etc. Diary notes are used to illustrate the challenging situations that can unfold when working alone in the field in disadvantaged areas, with vulnerable people, which can present physical and emotional risk. Concern with risk and the potential impact on individuals is two-fold: that on the participant; and that on the researcher. Through reflexivity and revisiting of experiences in the field, this paper explains the difficulties and negotiations, and it provides some suggestions for better research practice.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: History and Philosophy of Science, Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
Identification Number: 10.1177/1468794117731808
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SWORD Depositor: Jill Hazard
Depositing User: Jill Hazard
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2017 08:44
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2017 15:58
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/16862

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