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Encountering, interrogating and realising the self: Managing emotional upheavals and break-downs during development fieldwork

Gandhi, Kanchan (2014) Encountering, interrogating and realising the self: Managing emotional upheavals and break-downs during development fieldwork. Field Research Method Lab Blog (11 Jul 2014). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

In February 2013, I embarked on a field study with my colleagues at a NGO to understand and examine unjust and unlawful land acquisitions by private mining companies in the tribal belt of Raigarh in Chattisgarh during the last one decade. The experience was an emotionally shattering one for me and I decided to quit my research job at the NGO which involved working with highly vulnerable groups, and move full time into the academia where I would spend more time teaching. It was a journey of self-realisation which showed me that I needed more time and strength to face despair day after day and to prepare myself better for dealing with an unjust world where harsh realities stare you in the face when you enter the field, writes Kanchan Gandhi.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/fieldresearch/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Sets: Collections > Field Research Method Lab Blog
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2017 09:06
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 15:40
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/80666

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