Conducting "Dirty Research" with extreme groups: Understanding academia as a dirty work site

Sanders-McDonagh, E. (2014) Conducting "Dirty Research" with extreme groups: Understanding academia as a dirty work site. Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management, 9 (3). pp. 241-253. ISSN 1746-5648. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1108/QROM-01-2013-1131) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore dirty work sites within an academic context.Working with particular “unloved” groups (Fielding, 1993) can present a number of challenges to researchers, and if professional boundaries are not carefully maintained, researchers can be seen as “dirty workers” within an academic context. Design/methodology/approach – The paper draws a qualitative research project that explores women’s involvement with nationalist movements in the UK. Findings – Researching “unloved” groups, and in particular racist organizations, presents a number of potential emotional and professional, and can render researchers “dirty workers” if clear professional boundaries are not maintained. Originality/value – Examining academia and some academic research as a dirty work site adds to existing literature (Kreiner et al., 2006) that suggests any occupation can have a “dirty work” element that must be negotiated. This paper presents new challenges for managing spoiled “dirty” identities, and suggests that identity management is context-specific.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Racism, Risk, Identity work, Dirty work, Extremism, Far-right
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Criminology
Depositing User: Lucie Patch
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2016 10:10 UTC
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2018 15:36 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/57719 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Sanders-McDonagh, E.: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6955-3955
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