'Accessing all areas? interviewing and researching within and outside difference'

Keval, H. (2018) 'Accessing all areas? interviewing and researching within and outside difference'. SAGE Research Methods Cases Part 2.

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Abstract

This case study is set against the backdrop of field work and research I conducted during my PhD. My doctoral thesis explored the intersections of race, medical sociology, and embodied experiences of health, risk, and ethnicity, later published in a monograph titled Health, Ethnicity and Diabetes: Racialised Constructions of “Risky” South Asian Bodies, with Palgrave Macmillan.

For the research, I carried out interviews, participant observation, and ethnography with British South Asian people in several locations around England. One of the consistent central questions that I found myself both asking and strategically ignoring was “How do I get access to these groups,” in the knowledge that the category “these” both constituted my own current identities and a historical, lived, experiential identity, located in migration, nationality, language, ethno-religious identity, and class.

This case study, therefore, both looks back at my experience of carrying out the research and re-narrates what the access and non-access to people’s cultural lives and worlds come to mean in research. I also attempt to situate the learning from this within a wider framing of the uncertainty that is present in all research. The sense and understanding of connection between researchers and participants should be viewed as an opportunity to embark on a relational understanding of social phenomena and the need to be open to the possibilities of connections between aspects of our identities as processual features of the research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Qualitative Research; Ethnography; Identity; Interviews; Culture; Access
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology
Depositing User: Dr Harshad Keval
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2018 14:24
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2018 13:54
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/16757

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