Research in black and white

Joint Medical Research Council, Department of Health, University of Bristol, UK.
Qualitative Health Research (Impact Factor: 2.19). 08/2002; 12(6):816-25. DOI: 10.1177/10432302012006008
Source: PubMed

ABSTRACT The authors consider the methodological, interpretative, and practical issues that arise when there is a difference in ethnicity between researcher and informant in qualitative research by drawing on the academic literature and their fieldwork experiences as White researchers undertaking studies with individuals of African/Caribbean and South Asian descent. Some contemporary issues raised by "researching the other" in the context of pragmatic health services research are highlighted, including access to same-ethnicity researchers, the involvement of interpreters, and the potential for ethnocentric interpretation. The authors believe that qualitative research should be judged by the plausibility of the findings and by a critical evaluation of the way in which the research was conducted and the reflexivity of the researcher.

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