Risking the Self: Vulnerability and Its Uses in Research

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    This edited collection of first-person stories about risk in the field offers an arsenal of practical examples where fieldworkers have attempted to negotiate the complexities and risks of field research. Field research can be a risky and dangerous journey where the line between safety and danger can be crossed in quick time, often with little warning. These risks manifest in diverse and novel ways. They can be physical and psychological, ephemeral and enduring. They can impact the researchers, participants, collaborators and interviewees. Indeed, they can condition the very foundation of our processes of knowledge production. Fieldwork is no small stakes game. Covering research from Afghanistan, Chad, DR Congo, Greece, the Horn of Africa, Iraq, Laos, Lebanon, Palestine, India, Indonesia, Mexico, The Netherlands, Vietnam and Australia, each chapter highlights diverse, eclectic, raw and vulnerable narratives about risks experienced before, during and after the conduct of this research. This book is of great value to inexperienced and experienced fieldworkers alike.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationNavigating Fieldwork in the Social Sciences
    Editors Phillip Wadds, Nicholas Apoifis, Susanne Schmeidl, Kim Spurway
    Place of PublicationSwitzerland
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan, Cham
    ISBN (Print)978-3-030-46854-5
    Publication statusPublished - 2020


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