Multi-positionality and ‘Inbetweenness’: Reflections on Ethnographic Fieldwork in Southern Eastern Malawi

  • Maddy Gupta-Wright


Maddy Gupta-Wright’s chapter offers us insight into her experiences of negotiating and applying a critical biosocial perspective to her research on Trachoma, the neglected tropical eye disease. As a medical anthropologist and former medical practitioner, Gupta-Wright discusses her struggle with the different positions which she assumed and were thrust upon her during her experience living with a Yao community in the South Eastern part of Malawi. Leaving dichotomies of the insider/outsider researcher far behind, Gupta-Wright emphasizes how multi-positionalities are constructed from research participant’s impressions and assumptions of the researcher, the bi-directional nature of relationships, the social fabric of participants, and from the researcher’s ethical and moral quandaries that emerge in the field.


Malawi Positionality Biosocial Medical anthropology In-betweenness 


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  • Maddy Gupta-Wright
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  1. 1.London School of Hygiene & Tropical MedicineLondonUK

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