Researching stigma as an outsider: considerations for qualitative outsider research

Wigginton, Britta and Setchell, Jenny (2016) Researching stigma as an outsider: considerations for qualitative outsider research. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 13 3: 246-263. doi:10.1080/14780887.2016.1183065

Author Wigginton, Britta
Setchell, Jenny
Title Researching stigma as an outsider: considerations for qualitative outsider research
Journal name Qualitative Research in Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1478-0895
Publication date 2016-05-02
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14780887.2016.1183065
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 13
Issue 3
Start page 246
End page 263
Total pages 18
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract In this article, we discuss a number of important considerations that we have encountered in the process of researching health stigma topics as “outsiders”: researchers (personally) unfamiliar with the experience or topic under study. In particular, we discuss the importance of the following: a reflective stance, challenging negative representations, flexible and sensitive recruitment strategies, validating experiences of stigma, and participant control and power. We see these points as particularly important in the context of researching stigma as outsiders, where our privilege may contribute to unhelpful, narrow, de-politicized or overly simplistic representations of particular “groups” or experiences. We share these considerations in hope of assisting other researchers to reflect on, and articulate, how they negotiate their positionings within their research and the ways in which they shape and construct the research agenda and, by implication, the people or topics under examination.
Keyword Ethics
Insider/outsider research
Membership status
Outsider status
Qualitative research
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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