Diverse teams researching diversity: Negotiating identity, place and embodiment in qualitative research

Brenda Mathijssen, Danny McNally, Avril Maddrell, Yasminah Beebeejaun, Katie McClymont, Sufyan Dogra

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Abstract

Fieldwork encounters are not only contingent to biographical subjectivities, but are mediated by a confluence of identity, place and embodiment. This paper offers reflexive accounts of researchers with various socio-cultural and disciplinary backgrounds, who collaborated as a team to examine the varied funerary experiences and needs of established minorities and recent migrants in England and Wales. Focusing on the researchers’ varied personal experiences with death and bereavement and on their performances of minority ethnic and migrant identities, the paper highlights the mediated and embodied nature of fieldwork. It argues that reflection on the various aspects of intersectional researcher identity is necessary for a rigorous fieldwork practice that takes transparency, politics and ethics into account. This facilitates a deeper understanding of the positionality of both researchers and interlocutors, and the situated co-production of knowledge. In doing so, the paper illustrates that conducting research with a diverse team of researchers contributes to a better understanding the complexity and multifacetedness of social phenomena.
Original languageEnglish
JournalQualitative Research
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 10 Mar 2021

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