Doing Fieldwork in Challenging Contexts

Thursday, 19 July 2018: 17:30-19:20
RC33 Logic and Methodology in Sociology (host committee)

Language: English

This panel aims to foster a discussion on the methodological experiences and theoretical insights of doing fieldwork in various geographies and cultures, often in contexts of rapid and continuous social and political change. While the wide range of challenges in fieldwork, both in terms of practice and theory, have been well addressed in the literature, in this panel, we particularly welcome a focus on intersectionality of gender and age of the researchers; and its impacts on fieldwork.. This panel takes an intersectional lens to address three overlapping methodological issues: power relationships in the field; the role of the researcher and informants; and ethical dilemmas that arise in the field. How do power relationships intersect with gender and age at all levels of ethnographic research? How do identity issues play out in field research? How are these concepts negotiated in everyday fieldwork settings by the researcher and informants? How do these methodological challenges play out in different social settings within various contexts? What are the implications of these ‘glocal’ ethnographic experiences in creating methodological innovations?

Session Organizer:
Rima WILKES, University of British Columbia, Canada
Oral Presentations
Reflections on Fieldwork: A Comparative Study of Positionality in Ethnographic Research across Asia
Farah PURWANINGRUM, The University of Sydney, Australia; Anastasiya SHTALTOVNA, CERIUM - University of Montreal, Canada
Doing Participatory Research in a Patron-Client Society: Learning from Developing Multi-Scale Climate Change Adaptation Strategies for Farming Communities
Iqbal KHAN, Self Employed, Canada; Christian ROTH, Agricultural Systems Program CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences, Australia; Clemens GRUNBUHEL, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand
Neglected Aspects of Triangulation in Nigerian Social and Behavioural Research
Oka OBONO, Department of Sociology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Women Researching Violent Extremism: Gendered and Racialized Experiences
Alexia DERBAS, Western Sydney University, Australia; Virginia MAPEDZAHAMA, Western Sydney University, Australia