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.
Gender and Fieldwork
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Within development research, policy and practice, the term ‘gender’ is often thought of as referring solely to women. Gender analysis, however, is more than just the study of women, it is the process of analysing how gender relations – the power relations between men and women (and other genders) and how these are impacted by what is happening at the state, community and household levels – shape social and economic inequity. Gender relations therefore are shaped by and influence all aspects of development processes, and it is only by using a gendered lens within development research that these processes can be fully understood.
Gender relations also affect the research process itself. They shape the relationships between researchers and research ...