Ethics of relational and representational disclosures in qualitative migration research
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Original versionBell J, Trąbka, Pustulka P. Ethics of relational and representational disclosures in qualitative migration research. Qualitative Research Journal. 2020 https://doi.org/10.1108/QRJ-01-2020-0003
This article engages with the framework of performativity to unpack ethical challenges of interviewing migrants in the setting of shared ethnic background of researchers and participants. From a temporal perspective of shifting contexts from a shared space of the research process, to the post-research reciprocity management, it focuses on the particular aspect of disclosure. Drawing on several qualitative studies conducted by the authors as Polish migrant researchers with Polish migrant communities in Norway, Germany and the United Kingdom, the article documents the ethical challenges that come from a shifting “audience” of the research performance. Specifically, it discusses how the researchers perform their roles in the field with the focus on rapport building (relational disclosure), to then addressing how this performance changes when the dissemination of findings (representational disclosure) begins and continues over time. A methodological innovation lies in a clear focus on the cluster of ethical disclosure dilemmas and the article contributes to a lively debate on ethics of “insider research” in migration studies.