Tag Archives: Positionality

Oct 18 2017

Cultural encounters in the field: Finding a ‘home’ away from home

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This article describes experiences from fieldwork research conducted in the districts of Paramaribo, Commewijne and Nickerie in Suriname across two months in the summer of 2015. This research focused on an Indian socio-religious organisation, the Arya Samaj in Suriname, discussing … Continue reading

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Jul 11 2014

Encountering, interrogating and realising the self: Managing emotional upheavals and break-downs during development fieldwork

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In February 2013, I embarked on a field study with my colleagues at a NGO to understand and examine unjust and unlawful land acquisitions by private mining companies in the tribal belt of Raigarh in Chattisgarh during the last one decade. … Continue reading

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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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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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