Emotional and Ethical Challenges for Field Research in Africa: The Story Behind the Findings

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S. Thomson, A. Ansoms, J. Murison
Springer, Nov 13, 2012 - Social Science - 169 pages
Academic literature rarely gives an account of the ethical challenges and emotional pitfalls the researcher is confronted with before, during and after being in the field. Giving personal accounts, the authors explore some of the challenges one can face when engaging in local-level research in difficult situations.

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SUSAN THOMSON is Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Colgate University, USA. Her research and teaching interests are in state-society relations in contemporary Africa and qualitative research methods, with particular focus on research ethics and doing research in difficult environments.
AN ANSOMS is Assistant Professor in Development Studies at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. She conducts research on poverty and inequality in the Great Lakes Region and pays particular attention to the challenges of rural development in land-scarce post-conflict environments.
JUDE MURISON is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Policy and Management, Belgium. Her research focuses on human rights, transitional justice, forced migration, health and agricultural production through the interplay of national policies and laws, and how they are implemented on the ground.

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