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.

Global Development Fieldwork: A Relational Perspective

Global Development Fieldwork: A Relational Perspective

Gordon CrawfordLena J. KruckenbergNicholas LoubereRosemary Morgan

Global development research is, by and large, built on fieldwork undertaken by researchers who immerse themselves in the context they wish to study, and engage with people and their situated actions, relationships and ideas. With this book, we invite our readers to join us in an open-ended discussion on how experiences of fieldwork-based research shape and inform our understanding of global development. Following a relational perspective, and an inter-disciplinary and inter-generational approach, this volume aims at facilitating such a discussion by bringing into dialogue reflections on fieldwork experiences by leading figures in Development Studies and accounts from younger scholars currently engaging in the early years of their research.

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