|Titre :||From gatekeeper to friend and back again: embracing the world of the street drug user (2012)|
|Auteurs :||D. BRIGGS|
|Type de document :||Article : Périodique|
|Dans :||Drugs and Alcohol Today (Vol.12, n°2, 2012)|
|Article en page(s) :||72-81|
|Discipline :||SHS (Sciences humaines et sociales / Human and social sciences)|
Thésaurus TOXIBASEETHNOGRAPHIE ; USAGER ; RECHERCHE ; ETHNIE ; SOCIABILITE
Purpose - Ethnographic research with street drug users is becoming increasingly difficult to undertake. In the main, it is perceived as "too risky" and frequently raises practical, ethical and emotional issues for ethnographers, however, this doesn't mean it is impossible. Indeed, one of the most challenging areas is the management of field relations - especially with gatekeepers. The main aim of this article is to provide an account of how gatekeeper field relations are developed and experienced in the context of researching street drug users.
Design/methodology/approach - The article is based on a reflexive account to comment upon the experience of the researcher engaged in ethnographic research.
Findings - The author examines how field relations are influenced by the specific social and structural contexts in which the project took place and makes critical reflections on how these relationships impacted on him - professionally, personally and emotionally.
Originality/value - The article is useful for academics or researchers who are looking to study similar social groups.
|Domaine :||Drogues illicites / Illicit drugs|
|Affiliation :||School of Law and Social Sciences, University of East London, London, UK|