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Research in the religious realm : intersectional diversification and dynamic variances of insider/outsider perspectives

Ellen Decoo (UGent)
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This article discusses insider/outsider perspectives in qualitative research among religious people. Focus is on the insider researcher. Even if researcher and participants share the same overall religious adherence or are members of the same denomination, various factors can differentiate them substantially, affecting insider/outsider perspectives. The methodological implications of this phenomenon are drawn from research on the perception of gender roles among Mormon women in Belgium. The mutual perception of researcher and participant can influence the data collection phase as value-laden issues are being discussed. To ensure the validity and objectivity of research in this context, positionalities of researcher and participants need to be clearly defined and methodological safeguards put into place. The analysis of the interactions between researcher and participants led to the identification of seven intersecting insider/outsider perspectives: denominational, congregational, social, religious, topical, lingual, and academic. Moreover, as compound insider/outsider positions move on several continua, various factors can change the perspectives during interviews. This article adds to the methodology of qualitative research by uncovering perspectives which researchers can consider or adapt when interviewing religious participants.
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DATA SATURATION, INSIDER, INTERVIEWS, ENOUGH, qualitative research, sociology of religion, insider status, outsider, status

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Decoo, Ellen. “Research in the Religious Realm : Intersectional Diversification and Dynamic Variances of Insider/Outsider Perspectives.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE METHODS, vol. 21, 2022, doi:10.1177/16094069211063706.
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Decoo, E. (2022). Research in the religious realm : intersectional diversification and dynamic variances of insider/outsider perspectives. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE METHODS, 21. https://doi.org/10.1177/16094069211063706
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Decoo, Ellen. 2022. “Research in the Religious Realm : Intersectional Diversification and Dynamic Variances of Insider/Outsider Perspectives.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE METHODS 21. https://doi.org/10.1177/16094069211063706.
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Decoo, Ellen. 2022. “Research in the Religious Realm : Intersectional Diversification and Dynamic Variances of Insider/Outsider Perspectives.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE METHODS 21. doi:10.1177/16094069211063706.
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Decoo E. Research in the religious realm : intersectional diversification and dynamic variances of insider/outsider perspectives. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE METHODS. 2022;21.
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E. Decoo, “Research in the religious realm : intersectional diversification and dynamic variances of insider/outsider perspectives,” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE METHODS, vol. 21, 2022.
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