Questioning identities/shifting identities: the impact of researching sex and gender on a researcher’s LGBT+ identity

Rosie Nelson*

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Abstract

This article explores the role of reflexivity, emotion work and insider/outsider researcher status in one queer researcher’s experiences of conducting fieldwork. Through exploring field diaries and interview extracts, this article highlights the impact of being/researching LGBT+ identities as a queer researcher. Five experiences are discussed: (i) the euphoria of connection, (ii) relationships with participants, (iii) retraumatisation through listening, (iv) finding oneself on the outside and (v) the researcher’s shifting identity. The article concludes with suggestions on the impact studying one’s own identity can have on the researcher, and suggestions for engaging in similar research practices.
Original languageEnglish
JournalQualitative Research
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Apr 2020

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Keywords

  • queer theory
  • reflexivity
  • emotion work
  • insider research
  • outsider research
  • lgbt
  • identity
  • sexuality
  • gender

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