My colleague and I have presented our on-going research on ethnographer identity at Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism (SCOS) 2021.
Negotiation of researcher identity within ethnographic fieldwork: A reflexive account of identity work
This paper looks at the negotiation of identities within ethnographic fieldwork, in relation to how researchers identify themselves, interpret their relationship with the respondents and manage their fluid position within the field. It explores the changes of self researchers can undergo during research as they conduct individual ‘identity work’ to gain acceptance and attempt to become an ‘insider’ within the organisations they are researching. The paper examines researcher’s multiple identities, the way these can differentiate and distance them from their respondents, and the manipulation of spatial practices they undertake in their identity work as they attempt to (re)position themselves within the research site.