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Title: 'You can't move in Hackney without bumping into an anthropologist': why certain places attract research attention
Authors: Bennett, Katy J.
Neal, Sarah
Mohan, Giles
Cochrane, Allan
First Published: 3-Sep-2015
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: Qualitative Research September 3, 2015, 1468794115596217
Abstract: In social research some places and populations are disproportionately targeted by researchers. While relatively little work exists on the concept of over-research those accounts that do exist tend to focus on participant-based research relationships and not place-based research relationships. Using interdisciplinary approaches and fieldwork experiences from a recently completed qualitative study of urban multiculture in England we develop the over-research debates in three key ways. First, the notion of ‘over-research’ carries negative connotations and we reflect on these as well as the possibility of more nuanced readings of research encounters. Second, we develop a more relational analysis, in which place – the London Borough of Hackney – is understood to be an animating force in the research process. Third, we argue that our experiences of the research provide evidence that many of the participants in the project were adept and confident in their engagements with the research process. In this way, the article suggests, disproportionate research attention may foster not research fatigue but a more knowing and co-productive research relationship.
DOI Link: 10.1177/1468794115596217
ISSN: 1468-7941
eISSN: 1741-3109
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2015, SAGE Publications. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
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