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New book examines fieldwork in a violent world

News | 09 February 2023 | Alf Tore Bergsli
This book focuses on the emotional hazards of conducting fieldwork about or within contexts of violence. It provides a forum for field-based researchers to tell their stories. The volume engages with the methodological and ethical issues involved and features a range of expressive writings that reveal personal consequences and dilemmas.

Increasingly novice and seasoned ethnographers alike, whether by choice or chance, are working in situations where multidimensional forms of violence, conflict and war are facets of everyday life.

The contributors use their emotions, their scars, outrage and sadness alongside their hopes and resilience to give voice to that which is often silenced, to make visible the entanglements of fieldwork and its lingering vulnerabilities.

The book brings to the fore the lived experiences of researchers and their interlocutors alike with the hope of fostering communities of care.

It will be valuable reading for anthropologists and those from other disciplines who are embarking on ethnographic fieldwork and conducting qualitative empirical research.

The book is titled "The Entanglements of Ethnographic Fieldwork" and is published by Routledge. It is edited by Fafo researcher Nerina Weiss, Erella Grassiani and Linda Green.

Publisert: 09 February 2023