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    Rights statement: Published as ‘B’ for Brexit or for Belonging? Lorena Georgiadou, International Review of Qualitative Research, Vol. 12 No. 1, Spring 2019; (pp. 27-35) DOI: 10.1525/irqr.2019.12.1.27. © 2019 by the Regents of the University of California/Sponsoring Society or Association.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-35
JournalInternational Review of Qualitative Research
Issue number1
Early online date6 May 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 May 2019


In this paper, I use my personal experience of being a UK-based EU national and researcher during ‘Brexit’, as a vehicle to explore how the ‘rise of the right’ may be affecting qualitative researchers, their practice and the context in which their inquiry takes place. In particular, I explore the shift in my sense of belonging as a result of the Brexit vote and the impact that this has on my willingness to remain in Britain and on my research practice. I conceptualise ‘belonging’ as fluid and relational, and I highlight the central role that ‘welcoming the other’ can play in facilitating such processes. This then forms the foundation of my exploration of what I think we, as qualitative researchers, can do for our communities, as a response to the recent political developments discussed in this special issue.

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  • belonging, Brexit, welcoming the other

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