Outsiders and learners: Negotiating meaning in comparative European social work research practice

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Outsiders and learners: Negotiating meaning in comparative European social work research practice. / Frost, Elizabeth; Hojer, Staffan; Campanini, Annamaria; Sicora, Alessandro; Kullberg, Karin.

In: Qualitative Social Work, Vol. 16, No. 4, 2017, p. 465-480.

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Frost, Elizabeth ; Hojer, Staffan ; Campanini, Annamaria ; Sicora, Alessandro ; Kullberg, Karin. / Outsiders and learners: Negotiating meaning in comparative European social work research practice. In: Qualitative Social Work. 2017 ; Vol. 16, No. 4. pp. 465-480.

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TY - JOUR

T1 - Outsiders and learners: Negotiating meaning in comparative European social work research practice

AU - Frost, Elizabeth

AU - Hojer, Staffan

AU - Campanini, Annamaria

AU - Sicora, Alessandro

AU - Kullberg, Karin

PY - 2017

Y1 - 2017

N2 - This paper draws on two experiences of undertaking comparative research in England, Sweden and Italy, and offers a discussion of the kinds of dilemmas raised in relation to language and meaning surfaced by these. Its primary focus is to examine the reflexive construction of meaning, both in relation generally to the workings of an international research team and, more specifically, how such construction of meaning impacts on the process of qualitative interviewing across linguistic and cultural boundaries. The article argues that a culture of reflexive research practice is helpful for approaching national differences, to facilitate understanding in internationally mixed research teams and to support and empower participants in research, in second languages and differing cultures. Overall, the paper attempts to advance some tentative ideas that other international researchers may be able to consider and deploy in relation to their own research ambitions.

AB - This paper draws on two experiences of undertaking comparative research in England, Sweden and Italy, and offers a discussion of the kinds of dilemmas raised in relation to language and meaning surfaced by these. Its primary focus is to examine the reflexive construction of meaning, both in relation generally to the workings of an international research team and, more specifically, how such construction of meaning impacts on the process of qualitative interviewing across linguistic and cultural boundaries. The article argues that a culture of reflexive research practice is helpful for approaching national differences, to facilitate understanding in internationally mixed research teams and to support and empower participants in research, in second languages and differing cultures. Overall, the paper attempts to advance some tentative ideas that other international researchers may be able to consider and deploy in relation to their own research ambitions.

U2 - 10.1177/1473325015621124

DO - 10.1177/1473325015621124

M3 - Article

VL - 16

SP - 465

EP - 480

JO - Qualitative Social Work

JF - Qualitative Social Work

SN - 1473-3250

IS - 4

ER -