Surveying the haredim as insiders: Identity, objectivity and research ethics

D. Rier, Avraham Schwartzbaum, Chaya Heller

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


I N conducting social science research on religion, the religious identity of investigators (or lack of such identity) may pose various challenges to objectivity.1 This paper is based on our experiences, as haredi (‘ultra-Orthodox' Jewish) sociologists, in conducting a women's health survey amongst our own community. It discusses two particular incidents, occurring before and after datacollection, in which our status as insiders became an issue. We discuss how these incidents shaped our evolving views regarding the interplay between identity, objectivity, and research ethics.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)36-46
JournalJewish Journal of Sociology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2007


Dive into the research topics of 'Surveying the haredim as insiders: Identity, objectivity and research ethics'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this