Deconstructing insider–outsider researcher positionality

Hanin Bukamal

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Abstract

Reflexivity involves the researcher's attentiveness to cultural aspects of the research context. In this article, I deconstruct scenarios from a reflexive diary and interpret how these scenarios respond to an insider–outsider positionality that is determined by my cultural identity, profession, gender and educational background. I examine reflexive dialogue as pertaining to several factors: the influence of my background on the research topic; the changing nature of positionality in different cultural locations; methodological decisions that are based on my positionality and the research context; preparation to conduct fieldwork in two distinct cultural contexts; and ways to establish rapport, approachability and cultural credibility. I conclude by acknowledging the value of reflexive practice, and by determining my ambivalent insider–outsider positionality in different cultural locations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-349
JournalBritish Journal of Special Education
Volume49
Issue number3
Early online date19 Jul 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Jul 2022

Keywords

  • comparative education
  • inclusive practice
  • insider–outsider
  • positionality
  • reflexivity

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