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Robin Whitaker

Many feminists have been troubled by questions of friendship in ethnographic research. For some critics, such assertions elide power imbalances, invoking a 'sisterly identification' built on essentialist models of gender. In this article I combine insights gained from partisan ethnography in the Northern Ireland Women's Coalition with feminist theory to argue that the problem lies not with claims to friendship as such, but with a naturalized model in which friendship is treated as a power-free zone. A more politicized approach to friendship offers analytical tools for thinking about methodological, epistemological, political and applied problems in feminist anthropology and politics and to wider questions about the relationship between intellectual and political life, critique and solidarity.

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Making It Up

Intergenerational Activism and the Ethics of Empowering Girls

Emily Bent

boundaries between adults and girls, researcher and researched, bringing girls’ voices and perspectives into partnership with my own. The disruption of power, however, does not necessarily guarantee that an ethical or mutually beneficial research relationship

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Navigating Unpredictable Sites

Methodological Implications of Positioning during and after Fieldwork in Conflict Societies

Eva Gerharz

. In an attempt to work against so-called ethnographic naturalism ( Spencer 1989 ), which has fundamentally changed how observations are represented in texts, the need for a deeper understanding of the researcher-researched relationship has been

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Liminal spaces, resources and networks

Facebook as a shaping force for students’ transitions into higher education

Sally Baker and Eve Stirling

two and a half years (Case 2). These extended periods, along with iterative data collection cycles, facilitated the development of strong research relationships, which permitted access to the participants outside of and beyond the formal interview

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Sharing Images, Spoiling Meanings?

Class, Gender, and Ethics in Visual Research with Girls

Janet Fink and Helen Lomax

et al. 2008 ) and that it can reinforce power hierarchies in research relationships. We have sought, therefore, to examine our reading of the photograph reflexively, building on techniques developed in other visual research ( Fink and Lomax 2014

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Narratives of Ambivalence

The Ethics of Vulnerability and Agency in Research with Girls in the Sex Trade

Alexandra Ricard-Guay and Myriam Denov

power in a research relationship may be further intensified by the nature of the research. A sensitive topic is defined as being potentially “intimate, discreditable or incriminating” ( Lee 1993: ix ). The issue of girls’ involvement in the sex trade

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April Mandrona

, procedural ethical protocols and the type of participants and research relationships they dictate, such as securing parental consent prior to involving girls in research, can be markedly different from the everyday situations encountered by researchers. In

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Closeness and critique among Brazilian philanthropists

Navigating a critical ethnography of wealth elites

Jessica Sklair

is such a shared project a necessary requirement for the experience of mutuality in the field? Fábio, 5 a member of the business family profiled below, might shed some light on this issue. During my fieldwork, my research relationship with Fábio

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Elite ethnography in an insecure place

The methodological implications of “studying up” in Pakistan

Rosita Armytage

inversion of this traditional power dynamic in the research relationship, and the background of political instability in which my research occurred, shaped every aspect of my fieldwork in Pakistan. Operating amid this inversion of power, how does the status

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Reassembling The Social Organization

Collaboration and Digital Media in (Re)making Boas’s 1897 Book

Aaron Glass, Judith Berman, and Rainer Hatoum

Andy Everson (K’omoks and Kwagu’ł First Nations, Comox, BC); technical architect Barbara Taranto (Tel Aviv); and project administrator Zahava Friedman-Stadler (New York). Formal research relationships and collaborative protocols have been established