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Relationships, complicity and representation conducting research in Nepal during the Maoist insurgency

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Show simple item record Pettigrew, Judith Shneiderman, Sara Harper, Ian 2014-07-23T11:07:30Z 2014-07-23T11:07:30Z 2004
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dc.description.abstract Conducting fieldwork in conflict situations raises specific methodological and ethical questions. While Taussig (1984, 1987, 1992) and Scheper-Hughes (1995) have called for anthropologists to speak out against terror, they have not addressed in detail how researchers working in war zones should negotiate the pragmatics of representation in dangerous field situations. As Kovats-Bernat (2002) notes, although there is a growing literature that aims to develop theoretical approaches to the study of violence, relatively little attention has been given to the practical concerns surrounding fieldwork in conflict situations.1 What is needed, he argues, is 'the adoption of new tactics for ethnographic research and survival in dangerous field sites - strategies that challenge the conventional ethics of the discipline, reconfigure the relationships between anthropologist and informant, and compel innovation in negotiating the exchange of data under hazardous circumstances' (2002: 208). Danny Hoffman (2003) similarly addresses this issue with his call for a reconsideration of 'frontline anthropology' techniques. We contribute to this discussion by examining these questions within the rapidly changing context of Nepal, where a bitter internal conflict has developed over the last eight years. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Wiley en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Anthropology Today;20 (1), pp. 20-25
dc.rights This is the author's version of the following article:The definitive version is available at" en_US
dc.subject Nepal en_US
dc.subject Maoist en_US
dc.title Relationships, complicity and representation conducting research in Nepal during the Maoist insurgency en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
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dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
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