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Outsiders and learners: Negotiating meaning in comparative European social work research practice

Författare:
  • Elizabeth Frost
  • Staffan Hojer
  • Annamaria Campanini
  • Alessandro Sicora
  • Karin Kullberg
Publiceringsår: 2017
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 465-480
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Qualitative Social Work
Volym: 16
Nummer: 4
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: SAGE Publications

Abstract english

This paper draws on two experiences of undertaking comparative research in England,
Sweden and Italy, and offers a discussion of the kinds of dilemmas raised in relation to
language and meaning surfaced by these. Its primary focus is to examine the reflexive
construction of meaning, both in relation generally to the workings of an international
research team and, more specifically, how such construction of meaning impacts on the
process of qualitative interviewing across linguistic and cultural boundaries. The article
argues that a culture of reflexive research practice is helpful for approaching national
differences, to facilitate understanding in internationally mixed research teams and
to support and empower participants in research, in second languages and differing
cultures. Overall, the paper attempts to advance some tentative ideas that other international
researchers may be able to consider and deploy in relation to their own
research ambitions.
This paper draws on two experiences of undertaking comparative research in England, Sweden and Italy, and offers a discussion of the kinds of dilemmas raised in relation to language and meaning surfaced by these. Its primary focus is to examine the reflexive construction of meaning, both in relation generally to the workings of an international research team and, more specifically, how such construction of meaning impacts on the process of qualitative interviewing across linguistic and cultural boundaries. The article argues that a culture of reflexive research practice is helpful for approaching national differences, to facilitate understanding in internationally mixed research teams and to support and empower participants in research, in second languages and differing cultures. Overall, the paper attempts to advance some tentative ideas that other international researchers may be able to consider and deploy in relation to their own research ambitions.

Keywords

  • Social Work

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Karin Kullberg. Foto: Patrik Hekkala
E-post: karin.kullberg [at] soch.lu.se

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