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Doing Fieldwork in Areas of International Intervention

A Guide to Research in Violent and Closed Contexts

Edited by Berit Bliesemann de Guevara and Morten Bøås

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4 Jun 2020

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308 pages

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Spaces of Peace, Security and Development

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978-1529206883

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234 x 156 mm

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Bristol University Press
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4 Jun 2020

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308 pages

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Spaces of Peace, Security and Development

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4 Jun 2020

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308 pages

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Spaces of Peace, Security and Development

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978-1529206920

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Bristol University Press
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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 on their anxieties, failures and hard-won insights during difficult circumstances. An inspiration!" Johanna Mannergren Selimovic, Swedish Institute of International Affairs

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

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

Doing Fieldwork in Areas of International Intervention into Violent and Closed Contexts ~ Berit Bliesemann de Guevara and Morten Bøås

Part I: Control and Confusion

Shifting Identities, Policy Networks, and the Practical and Ethical Challenges of Gaining Access to the Field in Interventions ~ Roland Kostić

Interpretivist Methods and Military Intervention Research: Using Interview Research to De- centre the ‘Intervener’ ~ Casey McNeill

The Interview as a Cultural Performance and the Value of Surrendering Control ~ Markus Göransson

Unequal Research Relationships in Highly Insecure Places: Of Fear, Funds and Friendship ~ Morten Bøås

Part II: Security and Risk

The Politics of Safe Research in Violent and Illiberal Contexts ~ Alessandra Russo and Francesco Strazzari

The Politics and Ethics of Fieldwork in Post-conflict Environments: The Dilemmas of a Vocational Approach ~ John Heathershaw and Parviz Mullojonov

Challenges of Research in an Active Conflict Environment ~ Boukary Sangaré and Jaimie Bleck

On Assessing Risk Assessments and Situating Security Advice: The Unsettling Quest for ‘Security Expertise’ ~ Judith Verweijen

Being Watched and Being Handled ~ Jesse Driscoll

Part III: 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 IV: Sex and Sensitivity

Sex Workers and Sugar Babies: Empathetic Engagement with Vulnerable Sources ~ Kathleen M. 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 Myrttinen

Sexual Exploitation, Rape and Abuse as a Narrative and a Strategy ~ Ingunn Bjørkhaug

Ten Things to Consider Before, During and After Fieldwork in a Violent or Closed Context ~ Berit Bliesemann de Guevara and Morten Bøås