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Systematic inquiry into barriers to researcher access: evidence from a homeless shelter

Deverteuil, Geoffrey (2004) Systematic inquiry into barriers to researcher access: evidence from a homeless shelter The Professional Geographer, 56, (3), pp. 372-380. (doi:10.1111/j.0033-0124.2004.05603006.x).

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Geographers using qualitative methods face numerous challenges, including barriers to access to the research setting that emerge through the interactions among the researcher's identity, participants, and the research setting itself. However, few geographers have systematically traced, within a single research setting, (1) how barriers originate, (2) how they subsequently complicate the research enterprise, and (3) how they may potentially be overcome. Upon defining various generic barriers to access, I focus on the origins of, encounters with, and potential strategies to overcome two barriers (factions and spatiotemporal limits) during my research experiences at the Palms Mission, an emergency shelter in Central Los Angeles. Ultimately, understanding the negotiation of these barriers informs the broader research process.

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Published date: August 2004
Keywords: qualitative research methodologies, barriers to access, homeless shelters


Local EPrints ID: 55351
ISSN: 0033-0124
PURE UUID: d71ef8da-4d66-44dc-aca3-9832f7dad27b

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Date deposited: 31 Jul 2008
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:33

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Author: Geoffrey Deverteuil

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