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Negotiating identities in a dangerous field
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Volume: 47
Issue: 25
Pages: 97 - 101
Who the researcher is and where the research is conducted are the two key dimensions of fieldwork. This note provides an account of how the researcher's outsider ethnicity in Gujarat influenced the fieldwork and ethnographic data. It further examines the multiple identities the researcher brings to the field, and how these insights vary as the researcher switches between identities. The manner in which the researcher presents these identities and the manner in which they are perceived or decoded by participants and stakeholders in the village community or social group influence rapport formation, informants' acceptance and access to ethnographic information.
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