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date: 17 February 2020

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Research often entails engaging with others from a different race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexuality, or other identity marker. These encounters can lead to a ‘bending back’ on the self that challenges taken for granted aspects of our research identity. This chapter explores the ‘spaces of possibility’ created in the encounter between researchers and research subjects. Drawing on encounters from her own fieldwork, the author explores being both an insider and outsider in the research process and how this led to different kinds of shared identity work, as well as the ways in which she has been ‘undone’ by her encounter with others in the research process.

Keywords: reflexivity, identity, research, Indigenous, recognition, vulnerability

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