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Christine Griffin

In: Experiencing Fieldwork: An Inside View of Qualitative Research

Chapter 8: The Researcher Talks Back: Dealing with Power Relations in Studies of Young People's Entry into the Job Market

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The Researcher Talks Back: Dealing with Power Relations in Studies of Young People's Entry into the Job Market
The researcher talks back: Dealing with power relations in studies of young people's entry into the job market
ChristineGriffin

Field research involves many different forms of intervention, from silent observation, muttered agreement, and expressions of surprise to asking direct questions and providing information about oneself or the study. An important additional aspect of any research intervention is the researcher's appearance, accent, age, sex, ethnic or cultural group, and so on. All of these elements will shape participants' reactions to the researcher and the study itself. There is no such animal as the totally detached and value-free observer. Listening to someone speak in apparently passive silence can have a major ...

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