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Insider and Outsider Perspectives: Reflections on Researcher Identities in Research with Lesbian and Bisexual Women

Hayfield, Nikki; Huxley, Caroline

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Caroline Huxley



Abstract

© Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. In this article, we reflect on the concept of the insider and the outsider in qualitative research. We draw on our different experiences of conducting research with lesbian and bisexual women, using our PhD research projects as case studies to consider our similarities to and differences from our research participants. We highlight the impact that insider/outsider status can have at each stage of the research process, from deciding on a research topic, the design of materials, communicating with and recruiting participants through to data collection and analysis. We discuss the advantages and disadvantages of both insider and outsider positions and reflect on our own experiences. We conclude that, in reality, insider/outsider boundaries may be more blurred than the terms imply and highlight some of the ethical considerations that need to be taken into consideration during qualitative research.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Journal Qualitative Research in Psychology
Print ISSN 1478-0887
Electronic ISSN 1478-0895
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 2
Pages 91-106
APA6 Citation Hayfield, N., & Huxley, C. (2015). Insider and Outsider Perspectives: Reflections on Researcher Identities in Research with Lesbian and Bisexual Women. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 12(2), 91-106. https://doi.org/10.1080/14780887.2014.918224
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14780887.2014.918224
Keywords feminist research, insider, outsider, interviewing women,
interviews, lesbian and bisexual women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, LGB, methods, qualitative research, reflexivity, researcher, researched boundaries,
sexualities
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14780887.2014.918224
Additional Information Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Qualitative Research in Psychology on 13 January 2015, available online: http://www.tandfonline....80/14780887.2014.918224

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