Category Archives: Local epistemology

Jun 5 2014

Constructive engagement, estrangement and contextualisation: Conducting field research on an alternative community in South Korea

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While conducting field research on Bin-Zib, a communal living experiment in South Korea, I faced a problem of positioning myself in the community. This was mainly because I realized my own misconception of my insider status. While I had always felt I … Continue reading

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May 28 2014

Fieldwork at Home: Assumptions, Anxieties and Fear

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This contribution reflects on the experiences of a four month stint of ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Islamabad, Pakistan. It is a case of ‘fieldwork at home’, with serious concerns of positionality, established assumptions, and using a qualitative methodology. Although I … Continue reading

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May 23 2014

Challenging hierarchical research relations and improving research trustworthiness: the use of member checking

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This contribution discusses the use of member checking in Tot, Kenya and Engaruka, Tanzania as enriching practices for both the researched and the researcher. By utilising a series of pamphlets produced in local languages, participants are able to see the … Continue reading

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Apr 17 2014

‘Renqing’ in conducting interviews with Chinese business people: Insights from a returning researcher

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This contribution explores the complex impact of ‘Renqing’ (human feelings) on conducting elite interviews in China. Over 50 intensive semi-structured interviews relating to the procurement shifts by leading retail transnational corporations (TNCs) in the Chinese market had been carried out between … Continue reading

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Feb 24 2014

Utilising participation in musical ethnographic fieldwork in rural China

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This discussion focuses on the issue of participation in relation to fieldwork in China. Drawing upon more than 24 months of musical ethnographic fieldwork in rural Kam (in Chinese, Dong 侗) minority areas of southwestern China since 2004, I describe … Continue reading

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