Reflections on conducting research on the ‘war on terror’: religious identity, subjectivity and emotions

Ahmed, S. 2016. Reflections on conducting research on the ‘war on terror’: religious identity, subjectivity and emotions. International Journal of Social Research Methodology. 19 (2), pp. 177-190. doi:10.1080/13645579.2014.976488

TitleReflections on conducting research on the ‘war on terror’: religious identity, subjectivity and emotions
AuthorsAhmed, S.
Abstract

In recent years there has been an increase in literature which has explored the insider/outsider position through ethnic identities. However, there remains a neglect of religious identities, even though it could be argued that religious identities have become increasingly important through being prominent in international issues such as the ‘war on terror’ and the Middle East conflict. Through drawing on the concept of subjectivity, I reflect on research I conducted on the impact of the ‘war on terror’ on British Muslims. I explore the space between the insider/outsider position demonstrating how my various subjectivities – the ‘non-Islamic appearance I’, the ‘Muslim I’, the ‘personal I’, the ‘exploring I’, the ‘Kashmiri I’ or the ‘Pakistani I’, the ‘status I’ and the ‘outsider I’ – assisted in establishing trust, openness and commonality. I conclude by demonstrating how the ‘emotional I’ allowed me to manage my own emotions and participants emotions.

JournalInternational Journal of Social Research Methodology
Journal citation19 (2), pp. 177-190
ISSN1464-5300
Year2016
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/13645579.2014.976488
Publication dates
Published in print2016
Published03 Nov 2014
Published in print03 Nov 2014

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