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Positionality and power: the politics of peacekeeping research

Henry, Marsha, Higate, Paul and Sanghera, Gurchathen (2009) Positionality and power: the politics of peacekeeping research. International Peacekeeping, 16 (4). pp. 467-482. ISSN 1353-3312

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13533310903184499


Despite a growth in social studies of peacekeeping, there has been little written on field experiences in such contexts. This article examines the role of the researcher in influencing the research process and product in two peacekeeping sites, Liberia and Kosovo. Although researchers are often positioned in powerful ways vis--vis researchees, the multiplicity and complexity of their positionality are often overlooked. By drawing on examples from team research conducted, the article suggests that these positionings give rise to unconventional and contradictory power relations. By reflecting on the role of the researcher(s) and the politics of research itself, we hope to engender more conscientious peacekeeping research.

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Additional Information: © 2009 Routledge
Divisions: Gender Studies
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2011 16:43
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 01:47

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