Dealing with Dilemmas of Difference - Ethical and Psychological Considerations of “Othering” and “Peer Dialogues” in the Research Encounter

Authors

  • Angela Kühner Goethe University, Frankfurt and Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU) Munich
  • Phil C. Langer Bundeswehr Institute of Social Sciences, Strausberg

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.33182/ml.v7i1.181

Keywords:

Stigma, othering, participatory research, research ethics, psychology, reflexivity

Abstract

In this paper we review two qualitative interview studies, in which dilemmas of difference played a decisive role. With regard to the first study, which focused on the influence of migration backgrounds in student’s perception of Holocaust Education in Germany, we discuss several research decisions that were made to avoid methodological othering. Concerning a study on HIV risk behavior of gay and bisexual men, psychological challenges of a participa-tory approach that involved peer interviewers are outlined. We argue that strategies of recognition of the “other”  -  seen as a reflexive agent - have to be developed systematically as an ethical precondition of socially responsible research.

How to Cite

Kühner, A., & Langer, P. C. (1). Dealing with Dilemmas of Difference - Ethical and Psychological Considerations of “Othering” and “Peer Dialogues” in the Research Encounter. Migration Letters, 7(1), 69-78. https://doi.org/10.33182/ml.v7i1.181