Methodological Approaches in Kurdish Studies: Theoretical and Practical Insights from the Field

Bahar Baser, Mari Toivanen (Editor), Begum Zorlu (Editor), Yasin Duman (Editor)

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    This volume is multidisciplinary in its focus and approach. It includes contributions from scholars from various disciplinary backgrounds, ranging from sociology and political science to social psychology and anthropology. The complexity of security situations, and the atmospheres of distrust and suspicion have led the contributors to be creative and to adapt their research methods in ways that at times transcend disciplinary boundaries and conventions. Relatedly, the contributions also open the often-considered Pandora’s box of discussing the failures in what is often a “messy” research field, and how to adopt one’s methods to rapidly changing political circumstances. This necessitates greater reflexivity in existing power relations of the surrounding context and how those affect not only the interaction situations between the researcher and the participants, but also raise questions for the overall research process, concerning namely social justice, representation and knowledge production. The contributions unravel this by unpacking positionalities beyond ethnicities, discussing how gendered and other positionalities are constructed in fieldwork interactions and by illustrating how the surrounding structures of power and dominance are present in every-day fieldwork.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherLexington Books
    Number of pages282
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4985-7522-5
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4985-7521-8
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018

    Publication series

    NameKurdish Societies, Politics, and International Relations


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