Research in Times of Turmoil and the Merits of Participant Observation

  • Thomas Hüsken
Part of the Palgrave Series in African Borderlands Studies book series (PSABS)


This chapter presents an overview of the applied methodology and the empirical basis of this book. It deals with the challenges of fieldwork in times of turmoil related to the Arab revolutions in Egypt and Libya and the subsequent civil war in Libya. The chapter highlights the merits of participant participation based on trust, reliability and confidentiality.


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  • Thomas Hüsken
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  1. 1.University of BayreuthBayreuthGermany

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