The researcher is the subject.
January 25, 2014 11:41 PM Subscribe
Social science research: How does researching a subject that affects you very personally impact your professional reputation and long-term employment prospects?
posted by tippy to Work & Money (9 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Example: having a sibling die on 9/11, and your research is about the psychological impact of losing a relative on 9/11.
I am curious, since I have a friend who is doing something similar to the above example. What made me curious was when she talked about how personally invested her subjects were in her well-being, as a fellow "survivor". It seemed like perhaps it wouldn't lend itself to being the most objective researcher, and others might look askance on the research in the future.