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From ethnographic 'self'-discovery to processes of identification
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences. Umeå Universitet.
2011 (English)In: Qualitative Research, ISSN 1468-7941, E-ISSN 1741-3109, Vol. 11, no 5, 536-551 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Descriptions of the research experience are vital to ethnography and have often been mediated through the writings about the researcher 'self'. Consequently, the concept of self has taken up a central position in literature on ethnographic work. In order to renew the discussion on the ethnographic researcher position, I intend to explore further what status is given to such descriptions and notions of self. In this article I analyse how researcher identity claims were made through the practice of ethnographic description drawn from field notes produced during a study of a Swedish workplace. Building on the results of the analysis, I suggest that the ethnographic researcher will not be able to discover her self in the process of research. Rather, I argue, researcher identity is constructed in ethnographic research practice where the researcher goes into processes of identification.

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2011. Vol. 11, no 5, 536-551 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-22544DOI: 10.1177/1468794111413238OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-22544DiVA: diva2:736807
Available from: 2014-08-08 Created: 2014-08-08 Last updated: 2014-09-04Bibliographically approved

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