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

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

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Authors

Brenda Mathijssen

Danny McNally

Sufyan Dogra

Avril Maddrell

Yasminah Beebeejaun



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 and majority 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 and politics 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 better understanding the complexity and multifacetedness of social phenomena.

Citation

Mathijssen, B., McNally, D., Dogra, S., Maddrell, A., Beebeejaun, Y., & McClymont, K. (in press). Diverse teams researching diversity: Negotiating identity, place and embodiment in qualitative research. Qualitative Research, https://doi.org/10.1177/14687941211006004

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 10, 2021
Online Publication Date Apr 15, 2021
Deposit Date Mar 15, 2021
Publicly Available Date Apr 16, 2021
Journal Qualitative Research
Print ISSN 1468-7941
Electronic ISSN 1741-3109
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/14687941211006004
Keywords Team research, embodiment, identity, diversity, minority ethnic, migration, death studies
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/7204075

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