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Thursday, 14 May 2015
Insider Privilege

Interviewing for Education and Social Science Research: The Gateway Approach,
Carolyn Lunsford Mears, Palgrave/Macmillan, 2009, page 3

Mears explains the unique position she had in conducting her research:

Investigating an event that a member of my family had personally experienced brought a particular set of challenges, for insider research understandably raises questions of researcher bias and personal agendas. However, I knew that as a long-time resident of the Columbine community, I had access to information that might be denied to outsiders.

The benefits of the unique inside role and position outweighed the risks:

It was this inside information that I believed could contribute to the knowledge base about rampage violence, its impacts on individuals and communities, and the measures that might be employed to help in its aftermath.

Substitute 'anti-Jewish physical and emotional violence' for 'rampage violence' and our current research takes on an important role.

Posted By Jonathan, 8:02am Comment Comments: 0