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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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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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Elite ethnography in an insecure place

The methodological implications of “studying up” in Pakistan

Rosita Armytage

Ethnographies of the powerful can bring to life social worlds of political and economic privilege that are often hidden, as well as the projects of accumulation pursued by families at the highest reaches of power. They provide a methodologically

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Aziz Choudry

This article seeks to explore the work of activist researchers located in social movements, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and people’s organisations with close relations to contemporary progressive grassroots struggles in a number of countries, mainly in the global South. Drawing from extensive interviews with these researchers on their processes and practice of research and knowledge production, located outside of academic institutions and partnerships, it documents their understandings about the theoretical frameworks and methodologies they employ. This article thus foregrounds articulations of actual research practices from the perspectives of activist researchers themselves. In doing so, it suggests that social movement scholars can learn more about the intellectual work within movements, including the relations between theoretical and methodological approaches and action, from a deeper engagement with the work of activist researchers outside of academia.

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Why Methodology?

Soheila Shahshahani

What is the state of anthropology in and about the Middle East? How can we assess this situation? The necessity of beginning a new journal comes from the fact that there is a lacuna in the field and those engaged in it claim they can overcome this. With regard to anthropology, we are dedicating this second issue to methodology because we feel certain that some problems in the field come from its methodology. If we discuss it directly and allow readers to critically reflect upon it, then we can take the next step. Questions that come to mind would include: Is the state of anthropology in the Middle East the same as elsewhere in the world? How is this situation related to its methodology? How is it related to the definition of the field in the area, and to its place among other social and human sciences within the state apparatus? Or could it also be comprehended as a function of the state of colonialism at large in the region?

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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

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Phil Tattersall

(along the lines of post-normal science) where experts are called upon to cross-check or triangulate results. Methodological Foundation of CBA Community-based auditing (CBA) is an attempt to engage community members as active players in the planning and

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Building the Femorabilia Special Collection

Methodologies and Practicalities

Nickianne Moody

provided the starting point for considering methodology and designing schema for different types of qualitative research methods such as content analysis, focus groups, and interviews. Most significantly, perhaps, the collection has allowed the presentation

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Reinventing Anthropological Topics

Soheila Shahshahani

future theme issue, and include them. What you have in this collection of articles cover age-old anthropology topics, but are totally new in perspective or topic or data. Mehmet Orhan's article is a critical study of methodology, theory, epistemology