This article explores how novice researchers develop a scholarly identity as they cross geographic, cultural, institutional, identity, and methodological borders throughout their studies, experiencing insider, outsider, and in-betweener positions. It hypothesizes that researchers become more culturally proficient through their fieldwork and self-study. The autoethnographic narratives address the social justice issues encountered by two early career researchers who increased their cultural proficiency and self-awareness as they moved across multiple cultural contexts. By shifting back and forth between insider, outsider, and in-betweener, the researchers became more culturally proficient, developed their voices as researchers, and practiced inclusivity by amplifying marginalized voices. Their self-reflective analysis of autoethnographic writing speaks to early career and graduate qualitative researchers who must recognize their positionality and their placement on the cultural proficiency continuum to be effective scholars in cross-cultural research.
border crossing, insider/outsider/in-betweener positionality, identity, cultural proficiency, autoethnography, cross-cultural research
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Brion, C., & Rogers-Shaw, C. (2022). Becoming Culturally Proficient Qualitative Researchers by Crossing Geographic and Methodological Borders. The Qualitative Report, 27(10), 2091-2112. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2022.5374