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Althea-Maria Rivas and Brendan Ciarán Browne

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447337683

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447337683.001.0001

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Visual ethnographic encounters and silence in post-conflict Banda Aceh

Visual ethnographic encounters and silence in post-conflict Banda Aceh

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(p.179) Vignette 4: Visual ethnographic encounters and silence in post-conflict Banda Aceh
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Experiences in Researching Conflict and Violence
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Marjaana Jauhola

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447337683.003.0013

This vignette provides reflection of visual ethnographic and life-historical research in the city of Banda Aceh in Indonesia. It focuses on gendered everyday of (post)conflict urban life and an ethnographic encounter with an elderly ex-combatant and explores ways in which silence marks negotiated limits to public disclosure of thirty years of experience as a husband, father, combatant, and follower of Sufism. It explores how the research encounter can both allow and disallow narration of one’s experiences and similarly. It also reflects upon the choices and ethnographer must make given the complexities of the post-conflict situation where there are clear limits to the sayable, recordable, and going public with research results. Instead of purely producing researcher’s representation of the “uncivilized other”, the vignette suggests that ethnography co-creates reality and its limits.

Keywords:   Visual Ethnography, Silence, Post-Conflict, masculinities, Indonesia, Sufism

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