Working with Others: Reflections on Fieldwork in Postconflict Societies

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Abstract

In this Note from the Field we reflect on the challenges of doing sensitive fieldwork in postconflict and transitional societies. Our reflections are informed by sustained fieldwork with victims and perpetrators of violent conflict in a range of transitional jurisdictions. While undertaking this work, we have been acutely aware of the challenges raised by our own position in the field and by the power dynamics at play when working with partner organizations and speaking with vulnerable communities. Focusing on the themes of preparation, partners and positionality, this Note highlights the benefits and potential pitfalls of this style of qualitative work and seeks to encourage a more reflexive approach to working with victims and survivors of gross human rights violations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)387–397
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Transitional Justice
Volume13
Issue number2
Early online date11 May 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jul 2019

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