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.

On the Margins of World Society: Working with Impoverished, Excluded and Marginalised People

On the Margins of World Society: Working with Impoverished, Excluded and Marginalised People

Joanna Pfaff-CzarneckaLena J. Kruckenberg

The text of the following conversation is based on an audiotaped interview held in Bielefeld, Germany on 28 June 2014.

Biographical Note

Dr Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka is Professor of Social Anthropology at the Faculty of Sociology at Bielefeld University, Germany. Her main research areas are in political and legal anthropology where she has conducted research on caste and ethnicity, democratisation processes in sub-national contexts, and on globalisation, human rights and minority rights from an anthropological perspective. Professor Pfaff-Czarnecka has conducted long spells of fieldwork in the Himalayan region and South Asia, starting with an eight-month fieldwork trip for her Masters degree in rural Nepal. In the following conversation she reflects on ...

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