Researching peers and disaster vulnerable communities: an insider perspective

Kita, Stern Mwakalimi (2017) Researching peers and disaster vulnerable communities: an insider perspective. Qualitative Report, 22 (10). pp. 2600-2611. ISSN 1052-0147

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Abstract

Conducting research among peers and communities that a researcher also serves may be both daunting and rewarding. Researching peers may make the researcher feel uncomfortable raising certain questions that are sensitive or that could be construed to be testing their competencies. This paper is inclined more towards showing that it is advantageous to be an insider, whose position can facilitate collection of information that could not have been accessed, or revealed to an outsider. The paper reports on fieldwork conducted in a low-income country in Sub-Sahara Africa as part of a doctoral study with communities affected by disasters and those that work with such communities. The paper demonstrates the complexities of conducting such research and provides some insights that may be useful to insiders, outsiders or “in-betweeners” embarking on fieldwork in low-income countries and among vulnerable population struggling with manifold stresses and shocks.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Insider Researcher; Social Desirability; Malawi; Research Ethics; Peer Research; Gatekeepers; Semi-Structured; Interviews
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General) > G0001 Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General) > JA0086 Study and teaching. Research
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education > LC5225.A-Z Special topics, A-Z > LC5225.R47 Research
Depositing User: Stern Mwakalimi Kita
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2017 08:13
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2017 08:13
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/70563

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