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Surviving Field Research

Working in Violent and Difficult Situations

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Description

In recent decades there has been increasing attention to mass atrocities such as genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other gross human rights violations. At the same time, there has been a vast increase in the number of academics and researchers seeking to analyze the causes of, and offer practical responses to, these atrocities. Yet there remains insufficient discussion of the practical and ethical challenges surrounding research into serious abuses and dealing with vulnerable populations. The aim of this edited volume is to guide researchers in identifying and addressing challenges in conducting qualitative research in difficult circumstances, such as conducting research in autocratic or uncooperative regimes, with governmental or non-governmental officials, and perhaps most importantly, with reluctant respondents such as victims of genocide or (on the other side of the coin) war criminals. The volume proceeds in five substantive sections, each addressing a different challenge of conducting field research in conflict-affected or repressive situations: Ethics Access Veracity Security Identity, objectivity, behaviour. This important text will be vital reading for students, scholars and researchers in the areas of research methods, international relations, anthropology and human rights. It will also be of keen interest to policy practioners and NGOs, and especially relevant for those working in the regions of Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

Author Biography

Chandra Lekha Sriram is Professor of Human Rights and Director of the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict at the University of East London, UK. John C. King is scholar-in-residence at the American University, USA. Julie A. Mertus is Associate Professor and Co-Director of the MA program in Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs at the American University, USA. Olga Martin-Ortega is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict at the University of East London, UK. Johanna Herman is Research Fellow at the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict at the University of East London, UK.
Release date Australia
May 28th, 2009
Contributors
Edited by Chandra Lekha Sriram Edited by Johanna Herman Edited by John C. King Edited by Julie A. Mertus Edited by Olga Martin-Ortega
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Routledge
Pages
280
Dimensions
156x234x15
ISBN-13
9780415489355
Product ID
3037435

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