For insider-researchers engaged in qualitative inquiry, positionality and researcher neutrality are major concerns. Based on a study of human rights in social work practice among asylum seekers in a public institutional setting, this article highlights the insider-researcher status where the researcher was also a practitioner in the setting. Specifically, the author discusses the insider-researcher’s positionality towards knowledge of the population served, knowledge of the setting and knowledge of the research process by examining both the advantages and limitations of being an insider-researcher, as well as highlights ways to address and overcome these limitations.
Insider-Researcher, Activism, Social Work Practice, Public Institutions, Positionality
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Chammas, G. (2020). The Insider-Researcher Status: A Challenge for Social Work Practice Research. The Qualitative Report, 25(2), 537-552. Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol25/iss2/16