Qualitative Research with Pakistani Communities: The Implications and Emotional Impact of a Shifting Insider–Outsider Position

BASHIR, Nadia (2023). Qualitative Research with Pakistani Communities: The Implications and Emotional Impact of a Shifting Insider–Outsider Position. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 22.

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Starting from a Black feminist standpoint, this reflexive article uniquely draws on empirical data and recollections from two research studies to consider experiences of researching Pakistani communities from the assumed position of an insider. In doing so the article provides a first-hand account of insider-outsider experiences in the field from the perspective of a qualitative researcher (who is a woman of minority ethnic background). Examples from the data reveal how factors such as a deep understanding of social and religious practices constitute types of insider knowledge necessary for gathering culturally relevant and fine-grained information. The methodological and ethical advantages and dilemmas of conducting research positioned as an insider include, knowledge of place and cultural identification as aiding access to and research with communities seldom heard in research, but also how commonalities–gender, race– can fuel participant reluctance and hostility. The articles main contribution, however, is to expose the shifting nature of the insider-outsider position whereby in some instances the assumed insider can become an outsider. This has methodological and ethical implications such as profound emotional impacts on the researcher and potentially destabilising effects on research.

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Additional Information: ** Embargo end date: 23-11-2023 ** From SAGE Publishing via Jisc Publications Router ** Licence for this article starting on 23-11-2023: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ ** Peer reviewed: TRUE **Journal IDs: eissn 1609-4069 **Article IDs: publisher-id: 10.1177_16094069231218655 **History: published_online 23-11-2023
Uncontrolled Keywords: methodological and ethical issues, insider, emotional impacts, researcher reflexivity, outsider position
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/16094069231218655
SWORD Depositor: Colin Knott
Depositing User: Colin Knott
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2023 13:20
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2023 15:31
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/32739

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