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Negotiating doorstep access : Door-to-door survey researchers’ strategies to obtain participation

Hazel, N and Clark, AJ 2013, 'Negotiating doorstep access : Door-to-door survey researchers’ strategies to obtain participation' , International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 16 (4) , pp. 307-321.

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This article explores the interactions between researchers and potential respondents when recruiting for a door-to-door survey. Researchers' reflective accounts suggest a range of tactics used to influence potential participation in research that draws upon contrasting identities and roles for researchers and participants. In examining these roles, the paper demonstrates the ways in which, while fleeting, the interactions between researcher and respondents involve impression management strategies and are entangled in negotiations of power and status. In reflecting on some of the practices behind door-step recruiting in survey research, we show how gaining consent to participate is about negotiating researcher and respondent roles. In doing so, we hope to encourage debate about the importance of identity, the ethics of consent and issues of reflexivity in survey-based research.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Social Research Methodology
Publisher: Routledge
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1364-5579
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: AJ Clark
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2015 12:36
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2016 19:30

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