Vulnerabilities of the Estranged Researcher and Researched

In this paper, I reflect upon my own experiences of conducting interpretive consumer research on sensitized topics and demonstrate how international relations (at a macro level) influence the research environment (at a very micro level). I demonstrate how the West’s insistence on enforcing a Western model of democracy onto the country can cause a series of problems for Iranian social scientists. Then, with a particular focus on the ethical and emotional vulnerability of the researcher, I argue that such difficulties ultimately hinder the great potential of consumer research in providing direction for social policy.



Citation:

Aliakbar Jafari (2011) ,"Vulnerabilities of the Estranged Researcher and Researched ", in E - European Advances in Consumer Research Volume 9, eds. Alan Bradshaw, Chris Hackley, and Pauline Maclaran, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 78-79.

Authors

Aliakbar Jafari, University of Strathclyde, Scotland



Volume

E - European Advances in Consumer Research Volume 9 | 2011



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