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Title: 'You are what you research': researcher partisanship and the sociology of the underdog
Authors: Lumsden, Karen
Keywords: Qualitative research
Bias
Partisanship
Ethnography
Reflexivity
Underdog sociology
Boy racers
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: © Sage
Citation: LUMSDEN, K., 2013. 'You are what you research': researcher partisanship and the sociology of the underdog. Qualitative Research, 13 (1), pp. 3 - 18.
Abstract: This article contributes to debates regarding the issue of researcher partisanship and bias within social research and situates it within the current trend towards reflexivity. The discussion draws upon the researcher’s experiences of conducting fieldwork with the ‘boy racer’ culture and societal groups affected by their behaviour. In this instance, the researcher unintentionally sided with the ‘underdogs’ – the ‘boy racers’. Hence, it is argued that value neutrality is an impossible goal, particularly in research of a political nature. Social researchers will inevitably ‘take sides’ whether or not they are willing to admit so. The discussion also touches upon the prevalence of media culture in ethnographic research and the dilemmas faced when making our research public at key moments.
Description: This article was published in the journal, Qualitative Research [© Sage] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1468794112439012
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1177/1468794112439012
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/11665
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1468794112439012
ISBN: 1468-7941
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