Category Archives: Research Ethics

Apr 4 2014

The vulnerable observer: Fear, sufferings and boundary crossing

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In this contribution, Yunpeng Zhang responds to an earlier post by Qin Shao (see Building Trust and Boundary: Fieldwork in Shanghai) to provoke discussions on the dilemma and ethics of observing, witnessing and writing about vulnerable people. Challenging the ‘boundary’ setting efforts in … Continue reading

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Feb 5 2014

Gender and fieldwork in China: Investigating migrant workers in restaurants

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My multiple roles as a friend and a researcher serve to explain the diversity of my behaviour under different circumstances. I argue that the influence of gender, class and hukou on the research process is subtle and complex, writes Yang Shen. … Continue reading

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Dec 5 2013

Research ethics and everyday ethics: Doing fieldwork with observers of their own ‘culture’ in rural Hubei

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One of the things that constantly surprised me during my fieldwork was the extent to which local inhabitants observed and described their own ‘culture’. The forms that self-observations and self-descriptions take depend very much on the audience. In this article, I … Continue reading

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