Positionality and Power. The Politics of Peackeeping Research

Henry Marsha, Sanghera Gurchaten, PR Higate

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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-agrave-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.
Translated title of the contributionPositionality and Power. The Politics of Peackeeping Research
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)467 - 482
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Peacekeeping
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011

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Publisher: Taylor and Francis Group


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