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Outsiders and learners: Negotiating meaning in comparative European social work research practice



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Liz Frost
Associate Professor in Social Work

Annamaria Campanini

Alessandro Sicora

Karin Kullberg


© 2015, © The Author(s) 2015. This paper draws on two experiences of undertaking comparative research in England, Sweden and Italy, and offers a discussion of the kinds of dilemmas raised in relation to language and meaning surfaced by these. Its primary focus is to examine the reflexive construction of meaning, both in relation generally to the workings of an international research team and, more specifically, how such construction of meaning impacts on the process of qualitative interviewing across linguistic and cultural boundaries. The article argues that a culture of reflexive research practice is helpful for approaching national differences, to facilitate understanding in internationally mixed research teams and to support and empower participants in research, in second languages and differing cultures. Overall, the paper attempts to advance some tentative ideas that other international researchers may be able to consider and deploy in relation to their own research ambitions.


Höjer, S., Frost, L., Campanini, A., Sicora, A., & Kullberg, K. (2017). Outsiders and learners: Negotiating meaning in comparative European social work research practice. Qualitative Social Work, 16(4), 465-480.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 15, 2015
Publication Date Jul 1, 2017
Deposit Date Nov 30, 2015
Journal Qualitative Social Work
Print ISSN 1473-3250
Electronic ISSN 1741-3117
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue 4
Pages 465-480
Keywords comparative, language, qualitative synthesis, teams
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