‘Outsiderness’ and ‘insiderness’ in a Confucian society: Complexity of contexts

Kokila Roy KATYAL, Mark KING

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This paper addresses the influence of CHC on how the insider/outsider distinction is drawn and what consequences follow for the conduct of research. The paper outlines the methodological complexities faced by us whilst conducting our respective research projects in Hong Kong. In the studies reported in this paper we, the researchers, were insiders at one level as both of us have a degree of familiarity with Hong Kong being residents of the city. We were also insiders on a professional level in the contexts under study. However being ethnically non-Chinese positioned us as outsiders. Additionally, our Western-trained research selves accepted certain normative paradigms, whilst our own personal ethno-centricities tended to question these self-same paradigms. In sum, the research context for us assumed hues in accordance with the lens that we were using for viewing our data concurrently and concomitantly and this we argue has much to do with the research methodologies that we used in the studies. Copyright © 2011 Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-341
JournalComparative Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011


Katyal, K. R., & Mark, K. (2011). ‘Outsiderness’ and ‘insiderness’ in a Confucian society: Complexity of contexts. Comparative Education, 47(3), 327-341.


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