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Dynamic encounters in sociolinguistic enquiry: Meeting participants, reflexivity and anonymity
TAVARES, Bernardino
2023In Ibarrondo, Ludovic; Erfurt, Jürgen (Eds.) Linguistic heterogeneity: Questions of methodology, analysis tools and contextualization
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Abstract :
[en] This paper discusses and problematizes three conflated ethically related questions, namely the encounters with the participants, reflexivity and anonymity in research. Within the framework of sociolinguistics and other disciplines, ethnography has been a prominent research methodology used to generate data through participant observation and interviews. Based on data from an ethnographic project concerning the intersections between language and migration into Luxembourg, this paper aims to offer a critique of positivist ideologies which argue that researchers need to keep distance from the object of study in order to be objective in research. This distancing often means anonymizing blindly (i.e. without checking consent) the research participants. However, one must remember that one is researching ‘human subjects’ who, similar to the researchers, have their own agendas, desires and life goals (Juffermans, 2010). The paper empirically demonstrates that there is a need to ‘move away from representing identities of researcher and research participants in fixed and binary terms’ (Martin- Jones et al., 2017, 190) of insider and outsider. It concludes that ‘unless required by sensitive nature of the data collected’ (Juffermans, 2015,15), anonymity needs to be negotiated to the extent that it does not erase the voice and choice of agentive participants.
Disciplines :
Languages & linguistics
Author, co-author :
TAVARES, Bernardino ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) > Department of Humanities (DHUM)
External co-authors :
no
Language :
English
Title :
Dynamic encounters in sociolinguistic enquiry: Meeting participants, reflexivity and anonymity
Publication date :
April 2023
Main work title :
Linguistic heterogeneity: Questions of methodology, analysis tools and contextualization
Main work alternative title :
[fr] Hétérogénéité linguistique: Questions de méthodologie, outils d’analyse, et contextualisation
Author, co-author :
Ibarrondo, Ludovic
Erfurt, Jürgen
Publisher :
Peter Lang, Berlin, Germany
Edition :
Language, Multilingualism and Social Change
Collection name :
38
Pages :
117-130
Peer reviewed :
Peer reviewed
Focus Area :
Migration and Inclusive Societies
FnR Project :
FNR14556610 - Disentangling Postcolonial Encounters In Globalisation: A Sociolinguistic-ethnographic Study Of Lusophone Migrant Workers' Positionings In Third Space, 2020 (01/04/2021-31/03/2024) - Bernardino Tavares
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