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Fieldwork in Other Cultures

  • Nicola Ayers
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Abstract

This chapter discusses the emotional experiences and challenges faced by the researcher conducting fieldwork in another culture. It uses empirical data to discuss three key issues. First, gaining access in the field and getting permission. Second, walking the insider/outsider tightrope to gain rich description. Third, how reflection on the researcher’s identity demonstrates that you are neither neutral nor passive and that the multiple identities of a person when working in another culture need to be examined and the effect considered. The chapter concludes by discussing the importance of being continually reflexive and what that looks like practically when insider/outsider roles can be ‘blurred’ after gaining good understanding of another culture.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicola Ayers
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  1. 1.Federal Ministry of HealthAddis AbabaEthiopia

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