Mary C. Lawlor, Cheryl F. Mattingly; Beyond the Unobtrusive Observer: Reflections on Researcher–Informant Relationships in Urban Ethnography. Am J Occup Ther 2001;55(2):147-154. doi: 10.5014/ajot.55.2.147.
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Ethnographic research involves the creation and ongoing renegotiations of relationships between researchers and informants. Prolonged engagement contributes to the complexity as relationships deepen and shift over time and participants accumulate a substantial reservoir of shared experiences. Reflections about the relationships we have co-constructed with informants in several research projects have contributed to our identification of several critical aspects of building and maintaining researcher–informant relationships in cross-cultural research. Aspects of relationship work specifically related to conducting ethnography with children, within the communities in which researchers live, and within the practice of occupational therapy are discussed.
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