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'I know him so well': contracting/tual 'insiders', and maintaining access and rapport in a Philippine fishing community

Turgo, Nelson ORCID: 2012. 'I know him so well': contracting/tual 'insiders', and maintaining access and rapport in a Philippine fishing community. Sociological Research Online 17 (3) , 18. 10.5153/sro.2660

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'Insider' researchers are generally conceived to have an epistemic privilege in the field over 'outsider' researchers, especially around the issues of gaining access and building rapport with research participants. However, access and rapport once secured must be continuously maintained and this poses several methodological challenges to the researcher. This can be a particular problem if the people being researched have an intimate knowledge of the researcher's life. This intimate knowledge can affect the maintenance of access and rapport with research participants, particularly in a small community characterised by insecure economic prospects and whose members' survival could be affected by the researcher's political experience. Based on an ethnographic study of a fishing community in the Philippines, this article is concerned with the various nuances of maintaining access and rapport in one's own community and its ever-evolving economic and political conditions, which then contribute to the shifting positionality of 'insider' researchers' status in the field.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Publisher: British Sociological Association
ISSN: 1360-7804
Date of Acceptance: 15 May 2012
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2022 09:56

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