In this essay, I offer an equatorial metaphor as a lens for reflexivity about positionality and privilege in field-based research. I draw on my experiences traveling and working with an international research team to reflect on my varying roles as a participant and observer. The lens of an equatorial metaphor reveals the blurred, sometimes collapsed, and ever-shifting line between insider and outsider. Reflexivity is vital, particularly in international contexts where work across differences is informed by embodied identities like race, gender, and sexuality.
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- Health(social science)