On The Outside Looking In? The Experience Of Being A Straight, Cisgender Qualitative Researcher

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Denise Levy Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dept. of Social Work (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
Web Site: https://library.appstate.edu/

Abstract: Research with disenfranchised and marginalized populations is often completed by those traditionally considered outsiders who are not part of the studied population. The history of outsider research has been somewhat tumultuous, and some outsider researchers have manipulated participants or carried out unethical studies. However, the insider/outsider dichotomy is overly simplistic and does not always accurately reflect the researcher position. Using lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals as an example, this article will review the literature on insider/outsider researchers, suggest a more fluid concept of researcher positionality, and identify several recommendations for qualitative researchers.

Additional Information

Levy, Denise L. (2013). On the Outside Looking In? The Experience of Being a Straight, Cisgender Qualitative Researcher, Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 25:2, 197-209. Publisher version of record available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10538720.2013.782833
Language: English
Date: 2013
qualitative research, outsider, insider, sexual identity, gender identity

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