This article discusses how race, attraction, and a researcher's identity with a community can both hamper and help qualitative research. Using a critical perspective, the author reflects on the experiences that shaped his research in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. He raises a series of ethical questions about the nexus of race, attraction, and identity in conducting qualitative interviews as a Black man with a largely low-income, female, and African American population. He explores the role that his self-identity played in study design, recruitment, and participation and addresses how he experienced race and dealt with attraction in his attempts to be regarded as an external insider by the community. Research considerations and ethical implications are explored.
- Hurricane Katrina
- New Orleans
- Qualitative research
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences (miscellaneous)