Coming in from the cold – The immersive dynamic of shared experience

In this paper I discuss my experience of conducting longitudinal qualitative research. I consider the changing relationship with my interviewees and the implications for methodology, method and engagement with my research questions. Drawing from researchers including Denzin and Lincoln (2003, 2011), Evans (2012), and O’Reilly (2009), I reflect upon the theoretical underpinning of my methodology, the emotional and immersive dynamics that have arisen as the project has progressed, and the gradual shift away from grounded theory and towards ethnography. I explore social relations, considering the implications of blurred boundaries between outsider and insider, and my transition from an observer to a participant-observer. Finally I consider the likely outcomes of this change on my critical engagement.

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Keywords: critical research, emotions, Positionality
Categories: Critical tourism research practices