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Working with community interviewers in social and cultural research

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Peter Hopkins, Dr Raksha Pande



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Working with community or peer interviewers can provide valuable access to the lived experiences of individuals and communities who researchers are unlikely to reach. However, the ethical and methodological issues involved in working with community interviewers has received relatively little attention in social and cultural geographical research. In this paper, we reflect upon our work with community interviewers in qualitative research about the sexual relationship practices of young British Pakistani Muslims. We outline the training we offered to them and consider several ethical and methodological issues involved in their role as community interviewers. We explore the benefits of working with community interviewers whilst also highlighting the ethical and political challenges associated with such work.

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Author(s): Hopkins P, Pande R, Ali R, Chambers C, Phillips R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Area

Year: 2022

Volume: 54

Issue: 3

Pages: 400-407

Online publication date: 23/02/2022

Acceptance date: 03/02/2022

Date deposited: 22/02/2022

ISSN (electronic): 1475-4762

Publisher: Wiley


DOI: 10.1111/area.12789


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