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The head vs. the gut: emotions, positionality, and the challenges of fieldwork with a Southern nationalist movement
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.
2010 (English)In: Geoforum, ISSN 0016-7185, E-ISSN 1872-9398, Vol. 41, no 1, 19-22 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This essay explores the inner process of researching a group that is proudly white, conservative, fundamentalist Christian, and Southern. The recent attention to emotions in scholarship has not extended to the subject of fieldwork with right wing movements. I discuss my experience interviewing members of the League of the South and explore the extent to which my positionality shaped the interactions that I had with League members and informed my emotional response to the fieldwork.

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2010. Vol. 41, no 1, 19-22 p.
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emotions, positionality, fieldwork, qualitative methods, nationalism
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-121431DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2009.10.013ISI: 000273172200006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-121431DiVA: diva2:305288
Available from: 2010-03-23 Created: 2010-03-23 Last updated: 2012-02-01Bibliographically approved

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