The elite delusion: reflexivity, identity and positionality in qualitative research

Mason-Bish, Hannah (2019) The elite delusion: reflexivity, identity and positionality in qualitative research. Qualitative Research, 19 (3). pp. 263-276. ISSN 1468-7941

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This article examines how perceptions of interviewing elites influence the decisions made at every stage of the qualitative research process. It also reflects on issues of positionality and power which relate not only to the relationship between researcher and respondent but also to the subject matter of the research itself. As such I suggest that it is important to critically assess assumptions made about elites and to reflect on how the position of the researcher might impact upon the exchange and resultant findings. In essence what is found is that in discussing the construction of policy, a delicate balance is struck between positionality and research topic and that the policy narrative is a joint construction which is very much shaped by the identity and positionality of everyone involved.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: reflexivity, elite interviewing, positionality
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Research Centres and Groups: Centre for Gender Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Depositing User: Hannah Mason-Bish
Date Deposited: 24 May 2018 13:00
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2019 15:45

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