A personal insight into researcher positionality
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A personal insight into researcher positionality

Jenny Moore Lecturer, School of Nursing Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

Aim To highlight observations on the dilemmas of insider research.

Background Researchers in qualitative research have traditionally been thought of as positioned inside or outside the social group being studied. However, there is recognition of the blurring of the apparent separation between these two positions. This paper discusses the ethical and methodological dilemmas involved as an ‘insider’ when negotiating access to the field and recruiting participants.

Review methods This is a reflective paper.

Conclusion The personal insight into researcher positionality provided in this paper shows that qualitative researchers need to consider carefully the potential risks to participants when conducting insider research.

Nurse Researcher. 19, 4, 11-14. doi: 10.7748/nr2012.

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

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