This paper was published as The Qualitative Report, 2008, 13 (1), pp. 53-60. It is also available from http://www.nova.edu/ssss/QR/QR13-1/While much has been written on the problems that can arise when interviewing respondents from a different social group, less attention has been paid to its potential benefits for the research process. In this paper we argue that, by being conscious of ones outsider status, an interviewer can use it as a tool through which to elicit detailed and comprehensive accounts from respondents, and ensure rigorous and critical analysis of the data produced
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