Experiences in Researching Conflict and Violence

Fieldwork Interrupted

Edited by Althea-Maria Rivas and Brendan Ciarán Browne

Experiences in Researching Conflict and Violence

Edited by Althea-Maria Rivas and Brendan Ciarán Browne

Distributed for Bristol University Press

256 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4 | © 2018
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9781447337683 Published March 2018 For sale in North and South America only
This international collection brings together personal accounts from researchers working in and on conflict and explores the roles of emotion, violence, uncertainty, identity, and positionality within the process of doing research, as well as the complexity of methodological choices.

It highlights the researchers’ own subjectivity and presents a nuanced view of conflict research that goes beyond the messiness inherent in the process of research in and on violence and the potential for violence of research itself. It addresses the uncomfortable spaces of conflict research and the need for reflection on these issues.
This powerful book opens up spaces for new conversations about the realities of conflict research. The critical self-reflections and honest accounts provide important insights for any scholar or practitioner working in similar environments.  
 
Contents
Acknowledgements
Notes on the editors and contributors
Foreword
                Robin Luckham
Introduction
                Althea-Maria Rivas and Brendan Ciarán Browne
 
Section I: Violence
1              Conducting unleashing interviews where control means life or death
                Rose Løvgren
2              Qualitative research in the shadow of violent conflict
                Patrick James Christian
                Vignette 1: ‘The play I could not publish’
                Laurel Borisenko
 
Section II: Uncertainty
3              Ambivalent reflections on violence and peacebuilding:
                Activist research in Croatia and the wider post-Yugoslav space
                Paul Stubbs
4              Intervention, autonomy and power in polarised societies
                Corinna Jentzsch
                Vignette 2: ‘Packing for Kabul’
                Henri Myrttinen
 
Section III: Identity and power
5              Formidable fieldwork: Experiences of a lesbian researcher in post-conflict Northern Ireland
                Sandra M. McEvoy
6              Insider-outsider reflections on terrorism research in the coastal region of Kenya
                Fathima Azmiya Badurdeen
                Vignette 3: ‘Thinking about race and gender in conflict research’
                Althea-Maria Rivas
 
Section IV: Technology and social media
7              Bodies of cyberwar: Violence and knowledge beyond corporeality
                Fabio Cristiano
8              Fields of insecurity: Responding to flows of information
                Meike de Goede and Inge Ligtvoet
                Vignette 4: ‘Visual ethnographic encounters and silence in post-conflict Banda Aceh’
                Marjaana Jauhola
 
Section V: Methods
9              Writing the wrongs: Keeping diaries and reflective practice
                Brendan Ciarán Browne
10            Abetting atrocities? Reporting the perspectives of perpetrators in research on violence
                Michael Broache
11             Empathy as a critical methodological tool for peace research
                 Sinéad Walsh
                Vignette 5: ‘The limits of a part-time political ethnographer’
                John Heathershaw
 
Index
 
Review Quotes
Nicolas Lemay-Hébert, University of Birmingham
Experiences in Researching Conflict and Violence is both unsettling and empowering at the same time. A must read for all students and scholars interested in the world ‘out there'.''
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