For experienced and inexperienced researchers and practitioners alike, this engaging book opens up new perspectives on conducting fieldwork in the Global South. Following an inter–disciplinary and inter-generational approach, Understanding Global Development brings into dialogue reflections on fieldwork experiences by leading scholars along with accounts from early career researchers. Contributions are organised around six key issues:  • Meaningful participation in fieldwork  • Working in dangerous environments  • Gendered experiences of fieldwork  • Researching elites  • Conducting fieldwork with marginalised people  • Fieldwork in development practice. The experience–led discussion of each of the topics conveys a sense of what it actually feels like to be out in the field and provides readers with useful insights and practical advice. A relational framework highlights issues relating to power, identity and ethics in development fieldwork, and encourages reflection on how researcher engagement with the field shapes our understanding of global development.

Beyond the Ivory Tower: Researching Development Practice

Beyond the Ivory Tower: Researching Development Practice

David MosseLena J. Kruckenberg

The text of the following conversation is based on an audiotaped interview held in the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK, on 27 August 2014.

Biographical Note

David Mosse obtained a Ph.D. in social anthropology from the University of Oxford based on an ethnographic study of social organisation and religion in Tamil Nadu, India. After a couple of years with the United Kingdom Overseas Development Administration (ODA, now DFID),1 he became Oxfam’s Representative for South India, and worked as a development advisor and consultant for various international development agencies. In 1997, he joined the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London, where he is currently Professor ...

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