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The Politics of Conducting Research in Africa

Ethical and Emotional Challenges in the Field

Editors: Johnstone, Lyn (Ed.)

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  • Sheds new light on difficulties in accurate field research in Africa
  • Explores different situations facing researchers in collecting data
  • Recounts new, exploratory questions regarding how to gather data, what data to gather, and how identity plays a part
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About this book

This edited volume investigates the ethical and emotional challenges of conducting fieldwork in Africa. It reflects on difficulties researchers face such as objectivity, access, gender issues and information risks. Focusing across a wide range of states and themes, the project makes an original contribution and builds upon existing strengths and insights in various disciplines by presenting research-practical insights from contemporary cases of fieldwork. As such, the book is an accessible and useful guide for students and scholars alike.


About the authors

Lyn Johnstone is Teaching Fellow at Royal Holloway University of London, United Kingdom.

Reviews

“I heartily welcome the publication of this volume. Having attended the workshop where these researchers shared their stories and were encouraged to examine their own experiences for the sake of researchers that would follow, I can attest to the honest grappling that is behind the various chapters. I am impressed with the development of the ideas, and believe this to be an important contribution that will enhance research in many realms, in Africa and beyond.” (Martha Bridgma, Editor, The South African Journal of International Affairs)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introduction: Conducting Fieldwork in Africa

    Pages 1-11

    Johnstone, Lyn

  • ‘Good That You Are One of Us’: Positionality and Reciprocity in Conducting Fieldwork in Kenya’s Flower Industry

    Pages 13-33

    Mwangi, Nungari

  • Being Familiar, and Yet Strange: Conducting Research as a Hybrid Insider-Outsider in Uganda

    Pages 35-52

    van Hooft, Christine

  • Multi-positionality and ‘Inbetweenness’: Reflections on Ethnographic Fieldwork in Southern Eastern Malawi

    Pages 53-73

    Gupta-Wright, Maddy

  • Landscapes of Desire: The Effect of Gender, Sexualized Identity, and Flirting on Data Production in Rwanda and Zimbabwe

    Pages 75-95

    Johnstone, Lyn

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-95531-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-95530-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $109.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-07052-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Politics of Conducting Research in Africa
Book Subtitle
Ethical and Emotional Challenges in the Field
Editors
  • Lyn Johnstone
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-95531-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-95531-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-95530-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-07052-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 217
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