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Liu, Jieyu (2006) 'Researching Chinese Women's Lives: 'Insider' Research and Life History Interviewing.' Oral History, 34 (1). pp. 43-52.

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Western sociologists and feminist researchers have extensively discussed qualitative research methodology. However, such methods are subject to local adjustments when they are applied in a non-western country. In this article I reflect upon my experience of collecting women's life histories in urban China, drawing attention to my position as an insider researcher, how I contacted interviewees and conducted interviews with two generations of women, and accounting for some specific features of the ways in which these Chinese women narrated their lives. I identify the ways in which specific social-cultural practices impacted upon my collection of life narratives and suggest that balancing western ideas and ethical approaches to qualitative research with local specificity is crucially important in such cross-cultural studies.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: insider research, oral history, gender, China
SOAS Departments & Centres: Regional Centres and Institutes > SOAS China Institute
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ISSN: 01430955
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2016 21:31

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