Title

Attraction in the Field: What We Need to Acknowledge and Implications for Research and Teaching

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-2013

Publication Source

Qualitiative Inquiry

Volume

19

Issue

3

Inclusive pages

167-178

DOI

doi:10.1177/1077800412466222

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

Physical or sexual attraction plays an important role in shaping a wide range of relationships and in myriad ways. Our primary interest here is in how attraction shapes the qualitative research experience. Close examination of popular sociological ethnographies found that attractiveness is used as a descriptor, and almost always in a distancing fashion, but never considered in a reflexive manner. We explore implications of this silence surrounding attraction and urge greater candidness among sociologists conducting field research and teachers of qualitative methods.

Keywords

Ethnography, attraction, reflexivity, fieldwork

Disciplines

Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration

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