Working with community interviewers in social and cultural research

Hopkins, Peter, Pande, Raksha, Ali, Nafhesa, Chambers, Claire and Phillips, Richard (2022) Working with community interviewers in social and cultural research. Area, 54 (3). pp. 400-407. ISSN 0004-0894

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Working with community or peer interviewers can provide valuable access to the lived experiences of individuals and communities who researchers are unlikely to reach. However, the ethical and methodological issues involved in working with community interviewers has received relatively little attention in social and cultural geographical research. In this paper, we reflect on our work with community interviewers in qualitative research about the sexual relationship practices of young British Pakistani Muslims. We outline the training we offered to them and consider several ethical and methodological issues, including issues of power and positionality, the politics or remuneration, providing feedback to community interviewers, issues of mental health and wellbeing, and addressing expectations and community relationships. We explore the benefits of working with community interviewers while also highlighting the ethical and political challenges associated with such work.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information: Research Councils UK > Arts and Humanities Research Council (Grant number: AH/N003926/1)
Uncontrolled Keywords: community interviewers, Muslims, peer researchers, relationships, UK, research ethics
Subjects: L300 Sociology
L700 Human and Social Geography
L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2022 10:23
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2022 10:30

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