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Surviving Field Research
by Chandra Lekha Sriram , Julie Mertus , John C. King , Olga Martin-Ortega , Johanna Herman , C. King John
This text guides researchers in conducting research in situations of violent conflict or human rights abuses. It informs the reader of the ongoing debates about responsible scholarship and explains how to identify and address challenges in conducting qualitative research in difficult circumstances.
Paperback, 280 pages
Published June 29th 2009 by Routledge
(first published 2009)
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My work doesn't involve "research into serious abuses and dealing with vulnerable populations" but it does require that I go live in an extremely politically and economically polarized city with one of the world's highest rates of murder and violent crime. How does one adequately prepare in the event that they're the target of an express kidnapping? If there's another armed stand-off and bombing at one of the institutions I study, as there was last week, what do I do? This book didn't really ...more
This book is a bold attempt, but likely of limited use to the experienced field researcher. The title might be an exaggeration, since most of the chapters are about research in contexts that aren't really that dangerous.