Qualitative Researcher Vulnerability provides conceptual, experiential, and practical insights into the vulnerability of the qualitative researcher. Compared to participants’ vulnerability, researcher vulnerability has seen limited attention in the qualitative research process, but yet it is an important consideration.

Drawing on an interdisciplinary group of authors—across criminology, education, feminisms, geography, health, kinesiology, nursing, management and organisation, policy, political science, psychology, sociology, and qualitative inquiry writ broad—the book explores the ways in which we might understand and work with researcher vulnerability, most notably in relation to ethics, risk, empathy, emotion, and power. Ultimately, the authors suggest researcher vulnerability is a vital component of our research practices throughout the research process, for emerging as well as experienced researchers. Whilst researcher vulnerability can be something to protect against, it is also something to be aware of, explore, learn from, work with, and at times (and with care and consideration) embrace.

This book is suitable for undergraduate, postgraduate students, and emerging and established researchers who are utilising qualitative research. It will be especially useful for researchers examining (potentially) sensitive topics, or for those who wish to develop more responsive, responsible, ethical, or reciprocal approaches to qualitative practices.

Chapter 4 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at https://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons [Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND)] 4.0 license.

Chapter 11 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at https://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons [Attribution (CC-BY-NC-ND)] 4.0 license.

chapter |25 pages


The relevance and importance of researcher vulnerability in qualitative research

part Section I|80 pages

Strategies for Negotiating Researcher Vulnerability

part Section II|65 pages

Experiences of Researcher Vulnerability

chapter 6|11 pages

Sticking your head above the parapet

On the importance of researcher resilience in auto/biographical writing

chapter 7|15 pages

Affecting accounts

Autobiographical memoirs and the vulnerable researcher

chapter 8|16 pages

Researcher, fighter, cunt

Vulnerability and violence in the MMA field

chapter 9|21 pages

Ethnographic Vulnerabilities

Power, Politics, and Possibility*

part Section III|51 pages

Embracing Researcher Vulnerability

chapter 10|17 pages

Femme praxis

Using femme theory to foster vulnerability within research design and institutions

chapter 11|16 pages

Framing transdisciplinary research as an assemblage

A case study from a mental health setting

chapter 12|16 pages

‘Please Explain to Me How I'm Vulnerable’

Learning How to Rework Experiences of Researcher Vulnerability by Listening Carefully to Care-Experienced Young People