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Identity and Experience in Malawi: Challenges and Observations

  • Joanna Woods
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Abstract

Woods explores the relationship between female identity and experience in the field. Focusing on Malawi as a case study, the chapter draws attention to the use of different research approaches and aspects of the researcher’s female identity that enables access to various spaces of interaction. As well as looking at the ways in which identity constructs the experience of research, Woods explores the implications of the experience on her female identity. Using examples from the field, ‘Identity and Experience in Malawi: Challenges and Observations’ concludes with emphasis on the need to rethink and re-energise the call for female researchers.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joanna Woods
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  1. 1.Chancellor CollegeUniversity of MalawiZombaMalawi

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