Introduction: Blurring Boundaries

  • Phindezwa MnyakaEmail author
  • Catriona Ida Macleod


This chapter introduces the section on blurring boundaries in research. The chapters within this section unpack the ethical dilemmas that researchers negotiate when they find themselves stepping outside their roles as researchers in the field. Research encounters presuppose particular boundaries, depending on the methodology employed and the research questions posed. However, participants may identify researchers differently, compelling them to respond in unanticipated ways as possibly therapists, clinicians, interlocutors, and activists. Collectively, the authors of the chapters in this section explore the ethical implications of blurring such boundaries. They unpack the significance of various forms of intimacies that may emerge while undertaking research, how researchers are positioned as agents of social change, and how researchers negotiate their statuses as insiders and outsiders in fieldwork.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of the Western CapeBellvilleSouth Africa
  2. 2.Critical Studies in Sexualities and Reproduction, Department of PsychologyRhodes UniversityGrahamstownSouth Africa

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