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When the researcher becomes a subject of ethnographic research: studying “myself” and “others” in Gaza

Muhanna, Aitemad ORCID: 0000-0003-2744-2581 (2014) When the researcher becomes a subject of ethnographic research: studying “myself” and “others” in Gaza. Women's Studies International Forum, 45. pp. 112-118. ISSN 0277-5395

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.wsif.2013.11.010


This paper examines the model of ethnographic framing of the self/other relationship, and how this framing contributes to de-essentializing the theorizing of women's agency and subjectivity. The paper reflects on my own PhD field research experience conducted during 2007–2008 in the Gaza Strip. In a situation where the researcher and the research subject share the spatial history, as well as the multiple positionalities in their life cycle, the researcher's self inevitably becomes a subject of the ethnography. The analysis in this paper transcends the simplicity of the interactive relations between ‘researchers’ and ‘researched’. It rather depends upon a much more nuanced recognition of the shared subjective experiences of both ethnographers and their subjects of ethnography. The paper concludes that the relocation of the ethnographer to be a subject of research helps her to be critical of her own epistemological feminist knowledge.

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Additional Information: © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.
Divisions: Middle East Centre
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2014 09:38
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:49

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