Changing personas and evolving identities: The contestation and re-negotiation of researcher roles in field work

LAURA PURDY, Robyn L Jones

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to discuss the development and evolution of particular personas adopted by researchers in the quest for rich exchanges within the social field. It analyses my role (the principal author) as a female ethnographer (and the sole female) in the world of elite male rowing. Data are drawn from personal notes, reflections and observations during a five-month-long training camp. My experiences are located within dramaturgical social theory and, in particular, Goffman’s work on face and impression management. The significance of the work is twofold. Firstly, it lies in recognising the strategies we use and the identities we construct as researchers in negotiating the social field towards desired ends. Secondly, it raises awareness of the implications performances have for the nature of the data gathered and the conclusions drawn from them.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)292-310
JournalSport, Education and Society
Volume18
Issue number3
Early online date13 Jun 2011
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Jun 2011

Keywords

  • Researcher roles
  • Goffman
  • Ethnography
  • Rowing

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