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Conflating Privilege and Vulnerability: A Reflexive Analysis of Emotions and Positionality in Postgraduate Fieldwork
Department of Geology and Geography, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, USA..ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6811-304X
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
2017 (English)In: Professional Geographer, ISSN 0033-0124, E-ISSN 1467-9272, Vol. 69, no 2, p. 275-283Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Grounded in a self-reflexive, intersectional analysis of positionality, we examine emotions in fieldwork through theautobiographical accounts that we gathered during our postgraduate ethnographic research in the Global South. We showhow we, two female early-career geographers, emotionally coped with instances that put us in a vulnerable position due toloneliness, commitment to the field, insistent questioning, violence, and violent threats. We argue that a culture of silencesurrounding fieldwork difficulties and their emotional consequences tend to permeate our discipline. We contend thatgeography departments ought to provide mentorship that takes into account doctoral candidates’ different positionalities,conflated vulnerability and privilege, and embodied intersectional axes. This renewed awareness will help not only to revealpossible risks and challenges connected with fieldwork but also ultimately to enrich the overall academic discussions withinour discipline.

Abstract [zh]

我们根据对位置性进行自我反思及相互交织的分析, 透过我们在研究生时期于全球南方进行的民族志研究中所搜集的自传式说明, 检视田野中的情绪。我们显示, 身为事业刚起步的两位女性地理学者, 我们如何情绪性地应对因为孤独、对田野的承诺、不间断地质问、暴力以及暴力威胁, 从而将自身置放在脆弱位置的境况。我们主张, 围绕着田野工作困难性及其情绪后果的沉默文化, 弥漫在我们的学术领域。我们主张, 地理学系应该考量博士候选人差异的位置性, 融合的脆弱性与优势, 以及身体化的交织坐标, 提供辅导制度。此一更新的意识, 不仅将有助于揭露关乎田野工作的可能风险与挑战, 同时终将丰富我们领域中的总体学术讨论。

Abstract [es]

A partir de un analisis de posicionalidad auto-reflexivo e interseccional, con trabajo de campo examinamos las emociones registradasen relatos autobiograficos que recogimos durante nuestra investigacion etnografica posgraduada en el Sur Global. Mostramos lamanera como dos geografas que apenas inician su carrera emocionalmente salimos adelante en cosas que nos colocaron en posicionvulnerable debido a la soledad, el compromiso con el campo, entrevistas insistentes, violencia y amenazas violentas. Sostenemos quela cultura del silencio que rodea las dificultades del trabajo de campo y sus consecuencias emocionales tienden a permear nuestradisciplina. Nuestra posicion es que los departamentos de geografía deberían proporcionar una asistencia tutorial que tome en cuentalas diferentes posicionalidades de los candidatos doctorales, vulnerabilidad y privilegio combinados, y los ejes interseccionalesinvolucrados. Esta renovada concientizacion ayudara no solo a revelar los riesgos posibles y los retos relacionados con el trabajo decampo, sino tambien, en ultimas, a enriquecer las discusiones academicas generales dentro de nuestra disciplina.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. Vol. 69, no 2, p. 275-283
Keyword [en]
emotions, positionality, postgraduate fieldwork, privilege, vulnerability
Keyword [zh]
情绪, 位置性, 研究生田野, 特权, 脆弱性
Keyword [es]
emociones, posicionalidad, trabajo de campo posgraduado, privilegio, vulnerabilidad
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
Social and Economic Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-310472DOI: 10.1080/00330124.2016.1252268ISI: 000396821500010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-310472DiVA: diva2:1057058
Available from: 2016-12-16 Created: 2016-12-16 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved

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