‘Insider’ or ‘outsider’? Conducting qualitative psychological research with British South Asians

Jaspal, R. ORCID: 0000-0002-8463-9519, 2009. ‘Insider’ or ‘outsider’? Conducting qualitative psychological research with British South Asians. PsyPAG Quarterly, 71, pp. 11-17. ISSN 1746-6016

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In recent years social psychologists, as well as scholars from a variety of other academic disciplines, have become increasingly interested in identity among Britons of South Asian (BSA) descent, using a plethora of methodological approaches, both quantitative and qualitative (Cinnirella and Hamilton, 2007; Ghuman, 2003; Vadher and Barrett, in press). Although there is now a burgeoning academic literature focusing upon BSA identity, it does not appear to be matched by scholarly enquiry into methodological issues such as the ‘insider’/ ‘outsider’ dynamics as experienced by researchers and participants (for an exception, see Archer, 2001). This is perhaps not entirely surprising given traditional psychology’s focus upon quantitative research, which expects and assumes a degree of ‘objectivity’, whereby the researcher and ‘the researched’ are entirely separate and independent of one another (Coyle, 2007). However, in qualitative psychological research this is rarely possible. But what can be said about the relationship between the researcher and the participants? What is the importance of the researcher within the broader context of the research?

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: PsyPAG Quarterly
Creators: Jaspal, R.
Publisher: Psychology Post Graduate Affairs Group (PsyPAG)
Date: 2 September 2009
Volume: 71
ISSN: 1746-6016
Rights: It is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal distributed to all psychology postgraduates in the UK.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 20 Apr 2020 15:17
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2020 15:17
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/39703

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