ERIC Number: EJ1034901
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Reference Count: 43
Blurring the Line between Researcher and Researched in Interview Studies: A Feminist Practice?
Yost, Megan R.; Chmielewski, Jennifer F.
Psychology of Women Quarterly, v37 n2 p242-250 Jun 2013
This commentary is intended to serve as a companion to the authors' original research article ("Psychosocial Influences on Bisexual Women's Body Image Negotiating Gender and Sexuality," "Psychology of Women Quarterly," v37 n2 p224-241 Jun 2013) and to contribute to the conversation on feminist research methods. In it, they provide additional details about their research project, as well as theorize those details in terms of feminist values within social science research. Yost & Chmielewski utilized semistructured interviewing, a method that can embody feminist ideals (Garko, 1999; Sprague, 2005), although interviewing has received less feminist theoretical attention than some other methods (e.g., ethnography; Stacey, 1991). The impetus for this commentary came from one potentially critical detail of their research process: second author Megan served as the first participant in the study, interviewed by first author Jennifer; the analysis and writing that followed was primarily conducted by Jennifer under Megan's supervision. In this commentary, they detail the evolution of their thinking on the dual roles played by Megan as researcher and researched; they explain the dialogue that took place between them and editors of "Psychology of Women Quarterly" (PWQ); and they concluded by considering the ways in which their practice, which blurred the line between researcher and participant, may have been consistent with some feminist goals, but perhaps not with others.
Descriptors: Feminism, Semi Structured Interviews, Research Methodology, Social Science Research, Researchers, Participatory Research, Participation, Self Concept, Sexual Orientation, Power Structure, Cooperation
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