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Researcher Linguistic Vulnerability: A Note on Methodological Implications.

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Source
Qual Health Res. 2016 Jan;26(1):141-4
Publication Type
Article
Date
Jan-2016
Author
Ashley Elizabeth Muller
Erika Gubrium
Source
Qual Health Res. 2016 Jan;26(1):141-4
Date
Jan-2016
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Humans
Language Arts
Linguistics
Norway
Pilot Projects
Power (Psychology)
Research Personnel - psychology
Researcher-Subject Relations - psychology
Substance-Related Disorders
United States
Abstract
We reflect on the experiences of a researcher conducting a pilot exercise project with marginalized research participants within the substance use disorder treatment field, in a language that was nonnative to her. While the project collected and analyzed quantitative data, the researcher was motivated by qualitative inquiry's commitment to reducing participant-researcher distance and power differences. Despite multiple sources of power imbalances favoring the researcher, the ability of participants to speak their native language to a nonnative researcher, and the researcher's active recognition of her linguistic vulnerability, appeared to afford them an unexpected source of power within the context of the project. We discuss the researcher's observations of these power dynamics and their implications for cross-cultural research and when working with marginalized research participants.
PubMed ID
26626614 View in PubMed
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