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.

Encounters with Diversity: Reflecting on Different Perceptions of Gender in the Field

Encounters with Diversity: Reflecting on Different Perceptions of Gender in the Field

Johanna Bergström


The conversation with Professor Ruth Pearson above provides a good overview of the challenges, dilemmas and possibilities that might be encountered when using a gender lens within development research. One such challenge is related to how the notion of gender itself is understood differently depending on the context, and how Western feminist interpretations of gender may differ from, or even contradict, local understandings of gender and gender relations. Professor Pearson discusses the importance of a universal understanding of gender equality, in addition to understanding how local contexts shape understandings of gender, which in turn drive local struggles for gender equality. In this fieldnote, I will reflect on how gender and gender ...

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