Reconciling multiple researcher positionalities and languages in international research

Srivastava, Prachi (2006) Reconciling multiple researcher positionalities and languages in international research. Research in Comparative and International Education, 1 (3). pp. 210-222. ISSN 1745-4999

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Abstract

Through the development of a set of ideas combining Merton's conceptions of the `Insider and Outsider' with Lacan's notions of identity construction, the article examines: (1) the role of multiple researcher identities and positionalities, and (2) working in more than one language during data collection and analysis. The article aims to fill a surprising gap in existing literature on such issues in international educational research. Through a reflexive exercise on the fieldwork and data analysis process in one study, the article puts forward the concept of 'currencies' as a way to mediate researcher positionality and achieve temporary shared positionalities with research participants. It also highlights the need to mediate different languages during data analysis and presentation, introducing the concept of 'analytic languages' as a potentially useful construct in doing so.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This paper aims to fill a gap in the existing literature on international educational research methodology by problematising issues around the role and impact of researcher positionality in international fieldwork and data analysis. Its strength lies in opening up the traditional discussion in educational research which has not otherwise addressed such issues in depth. The paper is novel in its combination of theoretical notions of identity construction from a Lacanian perspective and Merton's constructions of the 'Insider-Outsider'. Specifically, it presents the newly derived concept of 'currencies' as a way to mediate researcher positionality, and the use of two researcher derived 'analytic languages' (i.e. 'the language I use to think in' and the 'language of the data') to grapple with issues of translation in analysis. The paper was subject to peer review.
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Depositing User: Prachi Srivastava
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:12
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2012 15:35
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/24651
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