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Accessing 'hard to reach groups’ and emotions in the research process : 'work an honest day and get the usual raw deal’.

Smith, A. and McBride, J. (2019) 'Accessing 'hard to reach groups’ and emotions in the research process : 'work an honest day and get the usual raw deal’.', in Handbook of research methods on the quality of working lives. , pp. 95-108. Handbooks of research methods in management.


This chapter is based on detailed qualitative research into the working lives of low-paid workers in multiple employment. We discuss the research design and practicalities of researching a ‘hard to reach group’ of workers. The emotive and sensitive issues that emerged for both the researchers and participants are also assessed.

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Publisher statement:This is a draft chapter. The final version is available in Handbook of Research Methods on the Quality of Working Lives edited by Daniel Wheatley, published in 2019, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd The material cannot be used for any other purpose without further permission of the publisher, and is for private use only.
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