Identity, Agency and Fieldwork Methodologies in Risky Environments
How does one deal with dilemmas of ethnographic and empirical research conducted in conflict zones or dangerous spaces? This is a question not often asked in social science research methodology books despite the fact that social science scholars do find themselves in environments that are risky to themselves and to those they are researching. The recent brutal death of the Italian graduate student in Egypt highlighted the grave repercussions of doing such research, and makes the need to answer this question even more urgent. This question is not only of importance to seasoned researchers, but equally if not more so to emerging researchers and to supervisors of students who opt to do research in precarious spaces or situations.
This special volume explores the dilemmas that surface when scholars venture into risky fields, sometimes by choice and often by circumstance. This special issue will focus on methodological and ethical issues.
We welcome empirically based original articles, including case studies. These articles can focus for example on the politics of such research, moral and ethical dilemmas, harm reduction to researcher and researched, and issues of positionality and over-identification. Papers from across the globe are welcome.
Manuscripts should follow the usual instructions for electronic submission of papers to Contemporary Social Science. All papers will be peer reviewed. The closing date for submitting papers is 15th December 2016.The corresponding Special Editors for this issue are: Prof. Monique Marks (Head of the research unit Urban Futures Center, Durban University of Technology, South Africa) and Dr. Julten Abdelhalim (Postdoctoral fellow, the Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)
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