Being Familiar, and Yet Strange: Conducting Research as a Hybrid Insider-Outsider in Uganda

  • Christine van Hooft


The chapter rethinks perspectives on insider and outsider positionality. Reflecting on fieldwork carried out with the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development for six months in Kampala in 2016, where she was also a civil servant for two years from 2011–2013, Christine van Hooft discusses the challenges she faced conducting research in an environment that was both familiar and strange. Drawing on what she refers to as a third category of researcher—the hybrid insider-outsider who shares some characteristics of the studied group, but nonetheless is an outsider in regard to other important characteristics—van Hooft looks particularly at the unique challenges her hybrid insider-outsider status posed in terms of the care needed in collecting, interpreting and presenting data.


Uganda Positionality Insider Outsider Hybrid 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christine van Hooft
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  1. 1.Centre of Development StudiesUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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