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Being and Naughtiness: an account of being an ethnographic-insider studying white, working class gym-users

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Andreas GiazitzogluORCiD



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In this work, I reflexively outline my experiences of researching white, working class British male gym-users as an ethnographer. During my research process, I adhered to the definition of a level three ethnographic insider, articulated by Giazitzoglu and Payne (2018, forthcoming). Two broad questions guide this article. First, how did I managed to create a third-level insider position in the field, especially through my own embodiment and gym practices? Second, what can others learn from my experiences; particularly in relation to the practicalities of research ethics, data analysis and the emotional consequences of leaving a research-field where one has belonged?

Publication metadata

Author(s): Giazitzoglu A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: The Qualitative Report

Year: 2018

Volume: 23

Issue: 3

Pages: 696-709

Print publication date: 20/03/2018

Online publication date: 20/03/2018

Acceptance date: 10/01/2018

Date deposited: 19/03/2018

ISSN (print): 1052-0147

ISSN (electronic): 2160-3715

Publisher: Nova Southeastern University