Autoethnography at Qalandiya
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This chapter situates the nexus between reflexivity and fieldwork through autoethnographic analysis. Specifically, drawing on psychoanalytic and postcolonial thought, this chapter utilizes introspective data from field research conducted in the occupied Palestinian territories to explore how Qalandiya—a neo-colonial militarized border crossing between Jerusalem, Israel and the West Bank’s twin cities of Ramallah and al-Bireh—came to significantly alter the researcher’s conceptions of self and Other. Drawing on first-hand experiences at Qalandiya—reconstructed through monologue style voice recordings, emails with colleagues, telephone conversations, personal diary entries, and memory—this chapter illuminates the discursive impact the field has upon the researcher’s self. Finally, this chapter concludes with a discussion of the ontological, the epistemological, and the ethical implications of pursuing research at neo-colonial sites in organization studies.
KeywordsAutoethnography Border crossing Fieldwork Home Neo-colonialism Other Qalandiya Palestine Reflexivity Refugee
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