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Research Methods in Conflict Settings

Research Methods in Conflict Settings
A View from Below


Dyan Mazurana, Lacey Gale, Karen Jacobsen, Catherine Hébert, Isis Nusair, Michael Wessells, Tania Kaiser, Cathrine Brun, Jok Madut Jok, Molly Bingham, Steve Connors, Paul Fishstein, Andrew Wilder, Timothy Longman, Elisabeth Wood
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  • Date Published: July 2013
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107038103


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  • Increasing numbers of researchers are now working in regions experiencing high levels of conflict or crisis, or among populations that have fled violent conflict to become refugees or internally displaced persons. Understanding these conflicts and their aftermath should be shaped not only by the victors and their elite companions but also by the local people whose daily lives become intertwined with the conflict – and it is this “view from below” that this volume's authors seek to share. Yet conducting rigorous research in these kinds of field contexts presents a range of ethical, methodological, logistical, and security challenges not usually confronted in non-conflict field contexts. This volume compiles a rich variety of lessons learned by experienced field researchers, many of whom have faced demanding situations characterized by violence, profound and well-grounded distrust, and social fragmentation. The authors' offer options, ideas, and techniques for studying the situations of people affected by conflict and, by focusing on ethical and security issues, seek ways to safeguard the interests and integrity of the research “subjects” and of the researchers and their teams.

    • Discusses some of the conceptual and practical challenges facing independent researchers, journalists and filmmakers working in conflict zones
    • Presents contributions written by researchers with experience in active conflict zones
    • First book to offer perspectives from contributors conducting academic research, documenting human rights violations, writing or filming for commercial media, and building research institutions in conflict affected countries
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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107038103
    • length: 334 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • contains: 11 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. A view from below: conducting research in conflict zones Dyan Mazurana, Lacey Gale and Karen Jacobsen
    2. The other side of the country: filming the human experience of war Catherine Hébert
    3. Negotiating identity, space, and place among Iraqi women refugees in Jordan Isis Nusair
    4. Reflections on ethical and practical challenges of conducting research with children in war zones: toward a grounded approach Michael Wessells
    5. Researching social life in protracted exile: experiences with Sudanese refugees in Uganda 1996–2008 Tania Kaiser
    6. 'I love my soldier' developing responsible and ethically sound research strategies in a militarized society Cathrine Brun
    7. Power dynamics and the politics of fieldwork under Sudan's prolonged conflicts Jok Madut Jok
    8. Reporting the story: thoughts for reporting on violent groups in a turbulent environment Molly Bingham and Steve Connors
    9. Establishing a policy research organization in a conflict zone: the case of the Afghanistan research and evaluation unit Paul Fishstein and Andrew Wilder
    10. Conducting research in conflict zones: lessons from African great lakes region Timothy Longman
    11. Preparing for research in active conflict zones: practical considerations for personal safety Dyan Mazurana and Lacey Gale
    12. Afterword Elisabeth Wood.

  • Editors

    Dyan Mazurana, Tufts University, The Fletcher School

    Karen Jacobsen, Tufts University, The Fletcher School

    Lacey Andrews Gale, Feinstein International Center


    Dyan Mazurana, Lacey Gale, Karen Jacobsen, Catherine Hébert, Isis Nusair, Michael Wessells, Tania Kaiser, Cathrine Brun, Jok Madut Jok, Molly Bingham, Steve Connors, Paul Fishstein, Andrew Wilder, Timothy Longman, Elisabeth Wood

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