Rethinking Qualitative Research: Research Participants as Central Researchers and Enacting Ethical Practices as Habitus

Rowhea Elmesky


This article suggests that qualitative research group dynamics shape university re­searchers' capacities for expertly enacting ethical practices. Specifically, I assert that when research participants become the researchers, both univer­sity-based and community-based members of the research group have opportunities to deeply experi­ence each other's life worlds. By spending time to­gether as researchers, we can then develop ethical expertise that is fluid, unconscious, and implicitly appropriate for the community in which the re­search is being conducted.
URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0503367


qualitative research; ethical expertise; student researchers; marginalized populations; habitus

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