Ethnography, Reflexivity and Feminism: Researching Sub-Saharan African Migrants’ Perspective on (Im)mobility in Morocco

Abstract

This case study looks at the challenges of ethnographic fieldwork from a feminist perspective. In particular, it is concerned with the methodological constraints and possibilities that researchers may face when being pregnant in the field and taking small children to the fieldwork site. These issues are explored with reference to the author's own ethnographic fieldwork with Sub-Saharan African migrants in Morocco. The article links the description of this particular field experience critically to literature on feminist research epistemology, reflexivity in social research, and the in- and outsider debate in ethnographic research. The case contributes to debates on how a reflexive attitude to research can help ethnographers to increase the quality of their research by making it ethically sound, credible, and resistant to the uncritical use of commonly accepted concepts and conventions. Furthermore, the case critically examines if and how a reflective approach has the potential to contribute to the transformation of power relations between researchers and researched.

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