In their book, Insider-Outsider Research in Qualitative Inquiry: New Perspectives on Method and Meaning by Deborah Court and Randa Khair Abbas, they deconstruct the outdated or puzzling terminology associated with this type of research, examine ethical challenges, and recommend methodological approaches. This book also situates qualitative insider-outsider research, by its very nature, within the larger research ecology. The authors describe in full a researcher partnership—a relationship that is more personal and fruitful than a team and significantly more than the sum of its parts. Through their nearly two-decade-long research collaboration and study of the Israeli Druze, the authors have established mutual trust, which has led to a deeper understanding of cultural norms and the meanings they convey. Examples from their research with Israeli Druze will be used to illustrate this argument and their methodology. This book will be of interest to ethnographers, qualitative researchers, and graduate students of all experience levels.


ethnographer, insider-outsider research, research ecology, researcher partnership

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Elih Sutisna Yanto serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, which is published by EMERALD, Cogent Arts & Humanities, Cogent Education, which is published by Taylor & Francis, and The Journal of Asia TEFL. In addition, he is a board member of the Exploratory Practice Indonesian Community (EPiC) and a teacher training and education faculty member at Universitas Singaperbangsa Karawang, Indonesia. His research interests are professional development for language teachers, Systemic Functional Linguistics in language education, and qualitative research in ELT. Direct all correspondence concerning this article to elih.sutisna@fkip.unsika.ac.id.

Moses Glorino Rumambo Pandin has served as a lecturer and researcher at Department of English Literature Faculty of Humanities and Master in Disaster Management Postgraduate School, Universitas Airlangga. His research interests included educational psychology, humor, and philosophy of science. He is a psychologist and member of the Indonesian Psychological Association, the Indonesian Forensic Psychology Association, and the Indonesian Literature Association. He served as a reviewer for several international journals and member of several research groups. He can be contacted via email at moses.glorino@fib.unair.ac.id

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