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Doing Fieldwork in Areas of International Intervention

A Guide to Research in Violent and Closed Contexts

Edited by Morten Bøås and Berit Bliesemann de Guevara

Published

1 Dec 2021

Page count

288 pages

Series

Spaces of Peace, Security and Development

ISBN

978-1529206890

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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Published

19 Jun 2020

Page count

288 pages

Series

Spaces of Peace, Security and Development

ISBN

978-1529206883

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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Published

19 Jun 2020

Page count

288 pages

Series

Spaces of Peace, Security and Development

ISBN

978-1529206920

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Bristol University Press
£26.99 £13.49You save £13.50 (50%)
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    Using detailed insights from those with first-hand experience of conducting research in areas of international intervention and conflict, this handbook provides essential practical guidance for researchers and students embarking on fieldwork in violent, repressive and closed contexts.

    Contributors detail their own experiences from areas including the Congo, Sudan, Yemen, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Myanmar, inviting readers into their reflections on mistakes and hard-learned lessons. Divided into sections on issues of control and confusion, security and risk, distance and closeness and sex and sensitivity, they look at how to negotiate complex grey areas and raise important questions that intervention researchers need to consider before, during and after their time on the ground.

    "Fieldwork is messy, hard and confusing work. The authors in this timely volume reflect honestly upon on their anxieties, failures and hard-won insights during difficult circumstances. An inspiration!" Johanna Mannergren Selimovic, The Swedish Institute of International Affairs

    Berit Bliesemann de Guevara is a Reader in Peacebuilding at the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University, UK.

    Morten Bøås is a Research Professor at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), Norway.

    PART 1: CONTROL AND CONFUSION;

    The interview as a cultural performance and the value of surrendering control ~ Markus Göransson;

    Interpretivist methods and military intervention research: using interview research to de-centre the ‘intervener’ ~ Casey McNeill;

    Shifting identities, policy networks, and the ethical and practical challenges of gaining access to the field in interventions ~ Roland Kostić;

    Being watched and being handled ~ Jesse Driscoll;

    Unequal research relationships in highly insecure places: of fear, funds and friendship ~ Morten Bøås;

    PART 2: SECURITY AND RISK;

    The politics of safe research in violent and illiberal contexts ~ Francesco Strazzari and Alessandra Russo;

    Challenges of research in an active conflict environment ~ Boukary Sangaré and Jamie Bleck;

    The politics and ethics of fieldwork in post-conflict environments: the dilemmas of a vocational approach ~ John Heathershaw and Parviz Mullojonov;

    On assessing risk assessments and situating security advice: the unsettling quest for ‘security expertise’ ~ Judith Verweijen;

    PART 3: DISTANCE AND CLOSENESS;

    Positioning in an insecure field: reflections on negotiating identity ~ Maria-Louise Clausen;

    A different form of intervention? Revisiting the role of researchers in post-war contexts ~ Daniela Lai;

    The road to Darfur: Ethical and practical challenges of embedded research in areas of open conflict ~ Mateja Peter;

    Interpretation by proxy? Interpretive fieldwork with local associates in areas of restricted research access ~ Katarina Kušić;

    PART 4: SEX AND SENSITIVITY;

    Sex workers and sugar babies: empathetic engagement with vulnerable sources ~ Kathleen Jennings;

    Lifting the burden? The ethical implications of studying exemplary, not pathological, wartime sexual conduct ~ Angela Muvumba Sellström;

    Unexpected grey areas, innuendo and webs of complicity: experiences of researching sexual exploitation in UN peacekeeping missions ~ Henri Myrtinnen;

    Sexual exploitation, rape and abuse as a narrative and a strategy ~ Ingunn Bjørkhaug;

    CONCLUSIONS;

    Lessons for intervention fieldwork in violent and closed contacts ~ Berit Bliesemann de Guevara and Morten Bøås.