Researching Dalits and health care: Considering positionality

Authors

  • Raksha Thapa Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, UK
  • Pramod Regmi Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, UK
  • Edwin van Teijlingen Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, UK
  • Vanessa Heaslip University of Salford, UK

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/hprospect.v22i1.49826

Keywords:

Asia, Caste, Health, Marnginalised, Dalits, Health exclusion, ponitionality

Abstract

This methods paper explores the issue of the researcher’s positionality and its potential impact on the overall qualitative research process.  After defining positionality this paper outlines its potential influences on the research process and findings.  In order to illustrate the concept of positionality in a real-world example a case study approach is used based on the first author’s PhD research among Dalits in Nepal.  The paper finishes by outlining some of the ways of addressing the issues arising from positionality of the researcher.

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Author Biographies

Raksha Thapa, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, UK

Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

Pramod Regmi, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, UK

Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

Edwin van Teijlingen, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, UK

Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

Vanessa Heaslip, University of Salford, UK

Directorate of Nursing and Midwifery, School of Nursing and Society

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Published

2023-11-02

How to Cite

Thapa, R., Regmi, P., van Teijlingen, E., & Heaslip, V. (2023). Researching Dalits and health care: Considering positionality. Health Prospect, 22(1), 6–8. https://doi.org/10.3126/hprospect.v22i1.49826

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