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Doing Fieldwork in Areas of International InterventionA Guide to Research in Violent and Closed Contexts$
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Berit Bliesemann de Guevara and Morten Bøås

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529206883

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529206883.001.0001

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The Politics and Ethics of Fieldwork in Post-conflict Environments: The Dilemmas of a Vocational Approach

The Politics and Ethics of Fieldwork in Post-conflict Environments: The Dilemmas of a Vocational Approach

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(p.93) 7 The Politics and Ethics of Fieldwork in Post-conflict Environments: The Dilemmas of a Vocational Approach
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Doing Fieldwork in Areas of International Intervention
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John Heathershaw

Parviz Mullojonov

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529206883.003.0007

This chapter focuses on the field research of John Heathershaw and Parviz Mullojonov. It illustrates the slippery slope that research in violent and closed contexts can be despite complying with the tight institutional ethics and risk assessment procedures of a UK university. It refers to the case of the detention of a Tajik researcher by Tajik security agencies, which discuss the limits of the procedural approach to research ethics and security currently employed by many universities in the Global North. The chapter looks into the dilemmas of researcher and research participant safety and trade-offs between access and impartiality. It argues that conscious vocational engagement with the field can help make better choices and fully overcome the interlinked dilemmas explored.

Keywords:   John Heathershaw, Parviz Mullojonov, research ethics, research security, institutional ethics, risk assessment, researcher safety, research participant safety

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