Working with community interviewers in social and cultural research

Peter Hopkins, Raksha Pande, Nafhesa Ali, Claire Gail Chambers, Richard Phillips

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Abstract: Working with community or peer interviewers can provide valuable access to the lived experiences of individuals and communities who researchers are unlikely to reach. However, the ethical and methodological issues involved in working with community interviewers has received relatively little attention in social and cultural geographical research. In this paper, we reflect upon our work with community interviewers in qualitative research about the sexual relationship practices of young British Pakistani Muslims. We outline the training we offered to them and consider several ethical and methodological issues including issues of power and positionality, the politics or remuneration, providing feedback to community interviewers, issues of mental health and wellbeing, and addressing expectations and community relationships. We explore the benefits of working with community interviewers whilst also highlighting the ethical and political challenges associated with such work.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)400-407
Issue number3
Early online date10 Mar 2022
Publication statusPublished - 5 Aug 2022

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