In the last thirty years, numerous theoretical works have been devoted to elaborate on the nature of ethnographers’ relationship with fieldwork members (e.g. Clifford & Marcus, 1986; Feldman et al, 2003; Lassiter, 2005; Gobo, 2011; Boccagni, 2011). The focus of this work is at the same time broader and more specific: we propose to explore the boundary characteristics of the multiple relations that shape the ethnographic fieldwork. Such a reflective exploration has the potential to raise new insights on our research objects, and to offer new lenses for analyze our findings. Our theoretical proposal is to conceptualize the relations of the ethnographic fieldwork as an ongoing and inter-subjective process of boundaries construction, moving, blurring and dissolution. Such an assumption explains why ethnographers often find themselves in liminal situations, standing at the edge of different worlds and experiencing the blurred hyphen-space between themselves and the “others” (Fine, 1994, Cunliffe & Karunanayake, 2013). Drawing on different boundary theories (Lamont & Molnàr, 2002; Hernes, 2003; Lefevbre, 1991; Gyerin, 1982) we propose a composite framework that allows interpreting the multiple relationships between researchers and fieldwork members in terms of a shapeshifting configuration of different boundaries.
|Titolo della pubblicazione ospite||Quinto Convegno di Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa - Abstract Book|
|Numero di pagine||6|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Pubblicato - 2014|
|Evento||5th Ethnography and Qualitative Research Conference - Bergamo|
Durata: 5 giu 2014 → 7 lug 2014
|Convegno||5th Ethnography and Qualitative Research Conference|
|Periodo||5/6/14 → 7/7/14|