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Standing in the middle: Insider/outsider positionality while conducting qualitative research with opposing military veteran political groupsAuthor(s): David Flores
Source: SAGE Research Methods Cases Part 2. doi: 10.4135/9781526437181.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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DescriptionThis case study describes the process and challenges of conducting qualitative research on two opposing military veteran political groups: Iraq Veterans Against the War and Vets for Freedom. The discussion is based on a dissertation project that compelled me to reflect on my simultaneous "insider" status as a military veteran and "outsider" status as a non-member of both veteran political groups. I describe negotiating my positionality throughout the research cycle, as I also shifted from trying to be "objective" to embracing the fluidity of my own identity and political views.
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CitationFlores, David. 2018. Standing in the middle: Insider/outsider positionality while conducting qualitative research with opposing military veteran political groups. SAGE Research Methods Cases Part 2. doi: 10.4135/9781526437181.
Keywordspositionally, qualitative research
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