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Methodology Matters in Iran

Researching Social Movements in Authoritarian Contexts

Paola Rivetti

movements in authoritarian contexts, generating better and fairer knowledge. This is part of a broader methodological reflection that looks at research methods as an integral part of a research project, not as a mere instrument for gathering evidences, and

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Research Methodology in Kurdish Studies

Interactions between Fieldwork, Epistemology and Theory

Mehmet Orhan

and cultures, creating a number of methodological and theoretical problems that need to be addressed. Addressing this issue is particularly relevant because of the twofold gap it creates, namely, the gap between theoretical studies and methodological

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An Appraisal of Participant Observation Methodology

Soheila Shahshahani

We finished issue 17.2 by appreciating the fact that the methodology of anthropology was being used by other fields: we had an article from a sociologist (Ahmad Shekarchi) and one by a political scientist (William Miles). During the COVID-19

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Non-Ideal Philosophy as Methodology

The Case of Feminist Philosophy

Hilkje C. Hänel and Johanna M. Müller

philosophy is non-ideal insofar as it concerns the actual world which ‘is marked by features of oppression’ ( Tessman 2009: xiii ). 3 In this article, we argue that (a) non-ideal philosophy is distinctive in its use of a certain methodology 4 and (b) this

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Method-ological Mapping of Girlhood Studies

The Academic Landscapes of Girlhood

Halle Singh

contexts but with the core themes of methodology and interdisciplinarity, as they related to girls and girlhood. (xi, emphasis added) Given the growing field of girlhood studies, the journal was to provide a space for defining, refining, and creating

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Indigenous Methodology and Research of Tuvan Culture

Lamazhaa Chimiza

theory to the conditions of a given country in a particular historical period ( Iadov 2003: 16 ). A similar trend has spread in ethnography and anthropology since the 1990s and early 2000s, which has taken shape as indigenous methodology (see, e

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Is anthropology legal?

Earthquakes, blitzkrieg, and ethical futures

Edward Simpson

truth of events themselves. Anthropology is not simply a methodological approach through which to understand events, practices and ideas, but a means to appreciating how these come to appear meaningful, inevitable or mandatory, contestable or ridiculous

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Methodologically blonde at the UN in a tactical quest for inclusion

Miia Halme‐Tuomisaari

How can anthropologists negotiate access in high‐profile, bureaucratic apparatuses, such as a UN human rights monitoring mechanism – and what can a detailed account of these negotiations tell us of such apparatuses, their operational dynamics and the processes through which they exert an impact, broadly construed? This article addresses these questions through the notion of tactical subjectivity by anchoring its discussion on the category of the intern and detailing how this category became informative of the ‘fuzzy logic’ of the UN apparatus. The article outlines three techniques mobilised in the process – name‐dropping, ‘playing blonde’ and opportunism – all embedded in a tactical matrix of exaggerated transparency. The article further shares attempts to flesh out relations and thus form ‘liaisons’ between my interlocutors and myself at sessions of the UN Human Rights Committee, the most influential of all the UN treaty bodies overseeing how states comply with their covenant‐bound obligations. The ultimate aim was to become a conspicuous ethnographer with constant access – a volatile goal in the unpredictable microstructures of this awesome global apparatus.

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Neo-republicanism's Methodological Commitments and Individual Rights

M. Victoria Costa

philosophy. I will argue that Pettit's and Bellamy's views about rights are motivated by certain methodological commitments: in Pettit's case, the commitments are to consequentialism and formalism, while in Bellamy's it is to proceduralism. 7 But in fact

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The Problem of Modern Pederasty in Queer History

A Case Study of Norman Douglas

Rachel Hope Cleves

methodological quandaries over context, consent, agency, and definitions of childhood. During an age in which pedophilia has become a third rail of contemporary culture, the risk of making a misstep while addressing such questions may feel grave. On the other