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ERIC Number: EJ1015895
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1077-8004
Attraction in the Field: What We Need to Acknowledge and Implications for Research and Teaching
Grauerholz, Liz; Barringer, Mandi; Colyer, Timothy; Guittar, Nicholas; Hecht, Jaime; Rayburn, Rachel L.; Swart, Elizabeth
Qualitative Inquiry, v19 n3 p167-178 Mar 2013
Physical or sexual attraction plays an important role in shaping a wide range of relationships and in myriad ways. Our primary interest here is in how attraction shapes the qualitative research experience. Close examination of popular sociological ethnographies found that attractiveness is used as a descriptor, and almost always in a distancing fashion, but never considered in a reflexive manner. We explore implications of this silence surrounding attraction and urge greater candidness among sociologists conducting field research and teachers of qualitative methods. (Contains 1 table and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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