Introduction

The Longitudinal Ethnography of Violence

in Conflict and Society
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  • 1 African Studies Centre Leiden, Leiden University, The Netherlands l.h.berckmoes@asc.leidenuniv.nl
  • 2 Netherlands Institute for Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR) mlindegaard@nscr.nl
  • 3 Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Switzerland dennis.rodgers@graduateinstitute.ch

While many anthropologists have previously reflected on longitudinal ethnography— for example distinguishing between different categories of longitudinal research, including the ethnographic revisit, either by the same or another researcher, diachronic research projects, involving continuous and sustained engagement over time, or so-called large-scale or multigenerational projects, among others—there has been little reflection on the way particular topics of research might impact on the longitudinal research process. In particular, we argue here that the stakes of longitudinal ethnographic research come to the fore particularly starkly in relation to studies of violence. More specifically, longitudinality potentially both enhances certain risks inherent to carrying out research on violence, while also offering unique opportunities for better understanding the phenomenon more reflexively.

Conflict and Society

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