Researching Marginalized Groups

28 October 2015 9:30 AM - 28 October 2015 4:30 PM

An International Symposium

The University of the West of Scotland was delighted to welcome the speakers and delegates, from the UK, Europe and the USA to the Researching Marginalized Groups: International Symposium on Wednesday 28th October 2015.  

This event was hosted by internationally renowned ethnographer and criminologist Professor Ross Deuchar and Professor Kalwant Bhopal, University of Southampton, in conjunction with the Youth Justice and Crime Prevention Research Group and the Institute for Youth and Community Research at the University of the West of Scotland. The Symposium featured some of the chapter authors from the innovative and exciting new edited collection of the same name* which focuses on the challenges and complexities of researching marginalized groups.

Sessions explored:

  • Extremism, community and stigma: researching the far-right and radical Islam in their context - Gavin Bailey, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • The implications of ethnographic deceptions for the ethnographer’s ethics - Tiago Neves, University of Porto 
  • Positionality, symbolic violence and reflexivity: Researching the educational strategies of marginalized groups - Emiliano Grimaldi, University Federico II, Italy 
  • Institutional power: silencing the other in international fieldwork - Steven Locke, University of Wyoming 
  • Dilemmas, deception and ethical decision-making: Insights from a Transatlantic ethnographer - Ross Deuchar, University of the West of Scotland 
  • The challenge of researching neo-Nazis struggling to leave the white power movement - Tina Wilken Christensen, Roskilde University, Denmark 
  • ‘Revealing too much?’: reflecting on emotions in research with South Asian women - Shaminder Takhar, London South Bank University 

Professor Paul Martin, UWS Depute Principal and Professor Donald Gillies, Dean of the School of Education were pleased to address the speakers and delegates.

Professor Ross Deuchar, Assistant Dean Research, Enterprise and International, School of Education, said “On behalf of my co-host Professor Kalwant Bhopal and I, I am delighted to have welcomed the delegates and was impressed by the level of discussion and engagement on the important issues when researching marginalised groups. Thank you to the speakers for sharing their experiences and stimulating the discussion. I look forward to future opportunities to work together with all and to sharing news about the proposed international network.”

*edited by Kalwant Bhopal and Ross Deuchar (2015, Routledge)