The Research Pendulum : Multiple Roles and Responsibilities as a Researcher

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Qualitative research on sexual identities has highlighted the use of oral narratives to understand the lives of lesbians and gay men. Feminist ethnographers, sociologists and queer theorists have further posed methodological inquiries to the issues of insider/outsider, the possibilities of an erotic subject and the matter of representation. Using interview data with Hong Kong lesbians, this paper discusses a researcher's multiple positionalities and its effects on both the researched and the researcher. Being self-reflexive requires a researcher to test her or his own boundaries and to take up social responsibilities as the interpreter of texts. This paper calls for further dialogue between a researcher's subject positions, research processes and the final presentation of findings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-27
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Lesbian Studies
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Qualitative research
  • oral narratives
  • Hong Kong lesbians
  • representation
  • insider/outsider
  • feminist methodology


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