On objectivity and staying ‘native’: Researching LGBTQI+ lawyers as a queer lawyer

Mason, M. 2019. On objectivity and staying ‘native’: Researching LGBTQI+ lawyers as a queer lawyer. in: Creutzfeldt, N., Mason, M. and McConnachie, K. (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Socio Legal Theory and Methods London Routledge.

Chapter titleOn objectivity and staying ‘native’: Researching LGBTQI+ lawyers as a queer lawyer
AuthorsMason, M.
EditorsCreutzfeldt, N., Mason, M. and McConnachie, K.
Abstract

This chapter is a critical engagement with the concept of objectivity borne out of a project where I as the researcher shared characteristics with the participants in the research project, namely that we were all LGBTQI+ barristers. The chapter summarises some of the findings of that research before going on to consider why distance or neutrality in research is not only an unrealistic expectation but is instrumental in maintaining problematic power dynamics. Through an exploration of feminist and queer thinking it goes on to explore strategies and approaches that can be used to think in a more engaged and ethical way about quality and rigour in research.

KeywordsEpistemology; objectivity; LGBT; Queer; Feminism; Standpoint Epistemology; Research Methods; Law
Book titleRoutledge Handbook of Socio Legal Theory and Methods
Year2019
PublisherRoutledge
Place of publicationLondon
ISBN9781138592902

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