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'You are what you research': researcher partisanship and the sociology of the underdog

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posted on 07.02.2013 by Karen Lumsden
This article contributes to debates regarding the issue of researcher partisanship and bias within social research and situates it within the current trend towards reflexivity. The discussion draws upon the researcher’s experiences of conducting fieldwork with the ‘boy racer’ culture and societal groups affected by their behaviour. In this instance, the researcher unintentionally sided with the ‘underdogs’ – the ‘boy racers’. Hence, it is argued that value neutrality is an impossible goal, particularly in research of a political nature. Social researchers will inevitably ‘take sides’ whether or not they are willing to admit so. The discussion also touches upon the prevalence of media culture in ethnographic research and the dilemmas faced when making our research public at key moments.

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Citation

LUMSDEN, K., 2013. 'You are what you research': researcher partisanship and the sociology of the underdog. Qualitative Research, 13 (1), pp. 3 - 18.

Publisher

© Sage

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publication date

2013

Notes

This article was published in the journal, Qualitative Research [© Sage] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1468794112439012

ISBN

1468-7941

Language

en

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