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Failures of understanding abound. (Devault, 1990, p. 98) She goes on to discuss this issue in relation to skin colour, but there is no reason to suppose that it does not apply to class. This point was also taken up by Reissman (1987) when she argued that the cultural differences between a white Anglo middle-class interviewer and a black working-class Hispanic woman resulted in major misunderstandings by the interviewer. Mies also makes this point in rejecting the parameters of positivist methodology: The postulate of value free research, of neutrality and indifference towards the research objects, has to be replaced by conscious partiality, which is achieved through partial identification with the research objects.
Extended Family and the Neighbourhood I was born in the home of my maternal grandparents in a colliery-owned house in a mining village, almost in the shadow of the pit shaft. My paternal grandparents lived close by. My mother’s father and her three brothers were miners and my father and his father were miners. My father left the pit shortly after the start of the Second World War to join the army and was killed in action when I was a few months old. My mother and I continued to live with my maternal grandparents for some years.
One might expect that the interviewer would have shown this manicdepressive the door! Instead he seemed to understand the points that I was trying to make: ‘Oh, you mean existentialism,’ he said. Did I? It sounded pretty impressive, so I nodded compliantly, as so many of we students from workingclass backgrounds tend to do when confronted with an unfamiliar word or phrase. I had read Sartre and Camus while still in the sixth form but cannot recall making the connection. I wonder at this disjunction.