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When bodies do not fit: an analysis of postgraduate fieldwork
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4007-5173
Department of Geology and Geography, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, USA.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6811-304X
2016 (English)In: Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, ISSN 0966-369X, E-ISSN 1360-0524Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Feminist geographers are increasingly examining embodied aspects ofresearch. These embodied dimensions of fieldwork often build uponintersecting positionalities, yet studies focusing on bodily limitationsencountered by feminists in the field are relatively few. In this article, weexplore what it is like to be bodies that do not fit easily into the contextwithin which they are supposed to be doing fieldwork. We are both femalepostgraduate students conducting fieldwork in the Global South. We haveencountered, many times over, instances where, because of our sick andfatigued bodies, we have not been able to continue our work. We questionthe normalization of able-bodied postgraduate students by problematizingour own experiences, and argue that discourses of ability dominate fieldwork,in both its expectations and its conduct. This is especially the case for thosewith invisible disabilities because researchers may appear healthy but arenot. As a result, postgraduate students may jeopardize their health for thesake of their research.

Abstract [es]

Lxs geógraxs feministas están estudiando cada vez más los aspectoscorporales de la investigación. Estas dimensiones corporales del trabajode campo con frecuencia se basan en posicionalidades que se intersectan,sin embargo los estudios que se centran en las limitaciones corporalesencontradas por lxs feministas en el campo son relativamente pocas. Eneste artículo analizamos cómo es ser cuerpos que no encajan fácilmenteen el contexto dentro del cual deberían estar llevando a cabo su trabajode campo. Somos dos estudiantes mujeres de posgrado llevando a cabotrabajos de campo en el Sur Global. Una y otra vez nos hemos encontradoen situaciones en las que, debido a nuestros cuerpos enfermos y cansados,no fuimos capaces de seguir adelante con nuestro trabajo. Ponemos encuestión la normalización de lxs estudiantes de posgrado físicamenteaptxs, al problematizar nuestras propias experiencias y sostenemos quelos discursos de capacidad dominan el trabajo de campo, tanto en susexpectativas como en su realización. Este es el caso especialmente paraaquellxs con discapacidades invisibles, porque lxs investigadorxs puedenparecer saludables cuando no lo son. Como consecuencia, lxs estudiantes deposgrado pueden poner en riesgo su salud por llevar a cabo su investigación.

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Keyword [en]
Embodiment; fieldwork; PhD studies; invisible disability
Keyword [es]
Encarnación; trabajo de campo; estudios de doctorado; discapacidad invisible
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
Social and Economic Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-306687DOI: 10.1080/0966369X.2016.1249343OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-306687DiVA: diva2:1044069
Helge Ax:son Johnsons stiftelse Sida - Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, SWE2009-210
Available from: 2016-11-01 Created: 2016-11-01 Last updated: 2016-11-02Bibliographically approved

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