Member checking: a participatory method to test and analyze preliminary results in cross-cultural, cross-language research
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Participation and reflexivity have become buzzwords that are seldom discussed in terms of their practical employment. Against this backdrop, with a specific focus on geography, this article presents and analyzes the advantages and limitations of a methodological tool that seeks to enhance both reflexivity and participation. The tool was a pamphlet written in local languages that contained several pictures and summarized the data gathered in previous fieldwork sessions. This tool was used in a four-year research project on the gender division of labor in smallholder irrigation farming in Kenya and Tanzania. The pamphlet showed participants their contributions to the research process and offered them the opportunity to correct, improve and further discuss previously collected data. It not only ensured research validity but also allowed for a shift in the research power hierarchy. Finally, the pamphlet effectively created a space for inclusion, discussion and reciprocal learning, leading to collective reflexivity and catalytic validity by empowering participants and re-orienting the researcher.
member checking, cross- cultural cross-language research, feminist epistemology, East Africa, pamphlets, smallholder farming
Research subject Geography with Emphasis on Human Geography
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-120599DOI: DOI: 10.1177/1468794115606495OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-120599DiVA: diva2:853823
FunderSida - Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, SWE2009-210