Female researcher safety: The difficulties of recruiting participants at conventions for people with dwarfism

Pritchard, Erin (2019) Female researcher safety: The difficulties of recruiting participants at conventions for people with dwarfism. International Journal of social research methodology. ISSN 1364-5579

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Abstract

The positionality of the researcher is an important part of the data collection process. Disability research often favours the use of disabled researchers carrying out research with disabled participants. It is believed to empower disabled people and create results that are more valid. However, little consideration has been given to the ethical implications of this type of research process, including in relation to female researcher safety. This paper provides an autoethnography of my experience of being sexually assaulted when recruiting participants for my doctoral research, at a convention held by an association for people with dwarfism . Focusing on gender, disability and sexuality, situated in space, this paper explores the problems encountered when trying to recruit participants within a particular space. This paper suggests that the safety of the researcher, including in relation to the risk of sexual assault by participants, needs more consideration and offers recommendations to increase researcher safety.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: dwarfism, sexual assault, researcher safety, intersectionality, space
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Disability and Education
Depositing User: Erin Pritchard
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2019 10:33
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2019 08:48
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/2798

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