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White Ethnography: (Un)comfortable Conveniences and Shared Privileges in Fieldwork with Swedish Migrant Women
Umeå Centre for Gender Studies, Umeå University, Sweden.
2010 (English)In: NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, ISSN 0803-8740, E-ISSN 1502-394X, Vol. 18, no 2, 70-87 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article discusses methodological dilemmas in ethnographic research withfirst-generation Swedish migrant women living in the United States. From a (white) Swedishresearcher perspective, it seeks to disentangle aspects of shared privileges between researcher andparticipants and constructions of white spaces in a non-Swedish context. What does it mean topass as a white, middle-class Swede in research, and how are white privileges being upheld in suchacting? How are class differences equalized when ethnography is conducted outside the nationalclass system where internal hierarchies may be renegotiated? The article argues that the use of“methodological capital” (Gallagher 2000), such as embodied capital and passing strategies thatmight be necessary to reach specific groups of examination, may also reproduce structuralprivileges by not intervening into normative assumptions of race, class, gender, and sexuality.In these circumstances, the article inquires into what can be learned from studying privilegedgroups and, thereby, what may we fail to see.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-147867DOI: 10.1080/08038741003755467OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-147867DiVA: diva2:401026
Available from: 2011-03-01 Created: 2011-03-01 Last updated: 2011-10-19Bibliographically approved

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