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Member checking: A feminist participatory analysis of the use of preliminary results pamphlets in cross-cultural, cross-language research
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
Number of Authors: 1
2016 (English)In: Qualitative Research, ISSN 1468-7941, E-ISSN 1741-3109, Vol. 16, no 3, 305-318 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

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2016. Vol. 16, no 3, 305-318 p.
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cross-cultural research, cross-language research, East Africa, feminist epistemology, member checking, pamphlets, smallholder farming
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Other Social Sciences Sociology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-131930DOI: 10.1177/1468794115606495ISI: 000377476600006OAI: diva2:946532
Available from: 2016-07-05 Created: 2016-07-04 Last updated: 2016-07-05Bibliographically approved

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