Learning from the research process: discussing sensitive topics as a cultural outsider

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/600886
Title:
Learning from the research process: discussing sensitive topics as a cultural outsider
Authors:
Manders, Gary; Galvani, Sarah
Abstract:
This paper explores the sensitivities and cultural complexities of engaging in research about substance use with a Sikh Punjabi community in England, from the perspective of cultural outsiders. The objective of the research was to explore the feasibility of developing a Community Alcohol Support Package (CASP) within the community, where existing alcohol service provision was felt to be limited, using ethnographic research methods. Tensions between a strict religious prohibition against drinking and a cultural acceptance of a heavy drinking culture created the conditions for the research and its particular challenges. This paper reports on the process of conducting the research and the transferable lessons for social work teaching and practice. Two key methodological challenges are highlighted together with reflections on how they were addressed: first, the problem of engagement and negotiating access to the community in focus; second, the challenge for outsiders of tuning into the socio-political context of the community and the power dynamics within it. Overcoming these challenges required high levels of sensitivity to the concerns of the community, while maintaining research integrity, and demonstrable openness and honesty in the course of developing research relationships. The lessons for social work education and practice are discussed.
Citation:
Manders, G., & Galvani, S. (2014) 'Learning from the Research Process: Discussing Sensitive Topics as a Cultural Outsider' Social Work Education 34 (2):199
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Journal:
Social Work Education
Issue Date:
19-Nov-2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/600886
DOI:
10.1080/02615479.2014.977630
Additional Links:
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02615479.2014.977630
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0261-5479; 1470-1227
Sponsors:
Aquarius Action Projects for funding the research
Appears in Collections:
Tilda Goldberg Centre for Social Work and Social Care

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorManders, Garyen
dc.contributor.authorGalvani, Sarahen
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-08T12:26:40Zen
dc.date.available2016-03-08T12:26:40Zen
dc.date.issued2014-11-19en
dc.identifier.citationManders, G., & Galvani, S. (2014) 'Learning from the Research Process: Discussing Sensitive Topics as a Cultural Outsider' Social Work Education 34 (2):199en
dc.identifier.issn0261-5479en
dc.identifier.issn1470-1227en
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/02615479.2014.977630en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/600886en
dc.description.abstractThis paper explores the sensitivities and cultural complexities of engaging in research about substance use with a Sikh Punjabi community in England, from the perspective of cultural outsiders. The objective of the research was to explore the feasibility of developing a Community Alcohol Support Package (CASP) within the community, where existing alcohol service provision was felt to be limited, using ethnographic research methods. Tensions between a strict religious prohibition against drinking and a cultural acceptance of a heavy drinking culture created the conditions for the research and its particular challenges. This paper reports on the process of conducting the research and the transferable lessons for social work teaching and practice. Two key methodological challenges are highlighted together with reflections on how they were addressed: first, the problem of engagement and negotiating access to the community in focus; second, the challenge for outsiders of tuning into the socio-political context of the community and the power dynamics within it. Overcoming these challenges required high levels of sensitivity to the concerns of the community, while maintaining research integrity, and demonstrable openness and honesty in the course of developing research relationships. The lessons for social work education and practice are discussed.en
dc.description.sponsorshipAquarius Action Projects for funding the researchen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02615479.2014.977630en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Social Work Educationen
dc.subjectPunjabien
dc.subjectSikhen
dc.subjectalcoholen
dc.subjectcultural competenceen
dc.subjectengagementen
dc.subjectservice provisionen
dc.subjectsubstance useen
dc.subjectoutsideren
dc.subjectL310 Applied Sociologyen
dc.subjectCommunity Alcohol Support Packageen
dc.titleLearning from the research process: discussing sensitive topics as a cultural outsideren
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalSocial Work Educationen
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