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The fallacy of the instrumental gate? Contextualising the process of gaining access through gatekeepers

Crowhurst, I (2013) 'The fallacy of the instrumental gate? Contextualising the process of gaining access through gatekeepers.' International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 16 (6). 463 - 475. ISSN 1364-5579

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Abstract

Drawing on ethnographic research concerned with the phenomenon of migrant prostitution in Italy, this article problematises the mechanistic model in social research that reduces the gatekeeper to a static and instrumental figure to be gotten past and the passage through the metaphorical gate as a matter of course. Moving beyond this, it suggests approaching gatekeepers as social actors embedded, participating in and influencing relations of power, and gaining access through gatekeepers as a dynamic process that is shaped by transformative encounters in the field. © 2013 Taylor & Francis.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2017 10:47
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 20:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/19504

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