Attraction in the Field: What We Need to Acknowledge and Implications for Research and Teaching
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.
Ethnography, attraction, reflexivity, fieldwork
Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration
Rachel L. Rayburn, Liz Grauerholz, Mandi Barringer, Nicholas Guittar, and Jamie Hecht (2013).
Attraction in the Field: What We Need to Acknowledge and Implications for Research and Teaching. Qualitiative Inquiry.19 (3), 167-178.