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Author Fennell, Julie, author

Title Coed naked : insider ethnography in the BDSM subculture / Julie Fennell
Published London : SAGE Publications Ltd, 2018
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SAGE Research Methods. Cases
Summary In the summer of 2012, I conducted immersive insider ethnographic fieldwork in the BDSM (Bondage & Discipline/Dominance & submission/Sadism & Masochism) subculture in the mid-Atlantic United States. The BDSM subculture is often suspicious of outsiders and academics due to a long history of medicalization and stigma. However, as an established member of the community and self-identified kinkster, I was able to easily gain access to both events and interview respondents, to gain the trust of the people I interviewed, and to empathize with their desires and experiences. Due to the subculture's history of stigma, my role as an insider gave me better understanding of why people did what they did, ample opportunities to assess people's reactions and values, and the privilege to harshly critique certain perspectives within the subculture itself. But I faced particular challenges as an insider, including how much social distance I should ideally have from my interview respondents, interviewing people who basically thought we were on a date, having a couple of people who disliked me or my friends personally try to block my access, and reverse culture shock. In a culture like the BDSM community, where so many people mistrust authority, I remain skeptical about the ability of outsiders to gain meaningful access and trust. Consequently, I believe that the benefits of being an insider vastly outweighed the costs in this context
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Bondage (Sexual behavior) -- Case studies.
Ethnology -- Methodology.
Experiential learning.
Sadomasochism -- United States.
Genre/Form Case studies.
Case studies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1526447061
9781526447067 (ebook)
Other Titles Insider ethnography in the bondage & discipline/dominance & submission/sadism & masochism subculture