Reflexivity through positionality meetings: religion, muslims and ‘non-religious’ researchers

Laura Kapinga*, Rik Huizinga, Reza Shaker Ardekani

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    This paper contributes to current debates on positionality by critically discussing and comparing three researchers’ experiences doing research involving Muslims. We introduce positionality meetings to enhance reflexivity in qualitative research projects. Based on empirical evidence from our independent projects and the positionality meetings, this paper illustrates how efforts to understanding each other’s perspectives and positions, which differ in identities and biographies, challenge our accounts of self-reflexivity. Due to their deliberative character, positionality meetings reveal new and sometimes uncomfortable insights into, for instance, insider and outsider relationships and our attitudes towards religion as a research subject in a particular political context. The paper highlights several stages of the meetings to demonstrate the deliberative practice’s value throughout the collective reflexive process. Serving to an interdisciplinary audience, we encourage qualitative researchers to engage in positionality meetings. Therefore, we conclude this paper by providing recommendations on how to organise such meetings.
    Originele taal-2English
    TijdschriftInternational Journal of Social Research Methodology
    Vroegere onlinedatum1-dec-2020
    StatusE-pub ahead of print - 1-dec-2020

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