The latest Qualitative Methods Journal Club is now online. This month, the discussion focused on ethnography in a recovery house for people who use drugs and who are immigrants. The QMJC talked about issues of access and entrée, and how researchers’ roles and responsibilities can change in public, private and hidden spaces. They discussed and the potential benefits of ethnography and how an observers experiences and identity could influence what research is possible.

“..could this type of self-disclosure influence or redirect conversations and data gathering towards more limited ends? Also, when deploying this more in-depth approach to rapport and relationships building, how does one not get overly involved in participants’ lives and avoid burnout”

Read the full discussion here, and see the collection of QMJC meetings here.

In May 2022, members of the Department of Community Health and Prevention at Drexel University (Philadelphia, United States) took on hosting duties for the Qualitative Methods Journal Club (QMJC).

Original article: Ethnographic research in immigrant-specific drug abuse recovery houses by A Pagano and colleagues. Published in Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse (2018).

by Rob Calder

Editor’s note: The title and link for this website entry was changed on 6 January 2023

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