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On Brokers, Commodification of Information and Liberian Former Combatants
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. Swedish Def Univ, Dept Secur Strategy & Leadership, Stockholm, Sweden.
2019 (English)In: Civil Wars, ISSN 1369-8249, E-ISSN 1743-968X, Vol. 21, no 2, p. 179-199Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article investigates research brokers and commodification of information. When combined with inherently asymmetric research relationships and successful gatekeeping, brokers create demand and become indispensable. Potential negative effects of brokerage and commodification of information are discussed through experiences studying former combatants in Liberia. There bargains with brokers who could facilitate access to this hidden population resulted in a vicious circle as brokers confirmed what researchers wanted to hear. The attention to this issue was first brought by subsequent ethnography and participant observation, which also offer the promise of an ethically defensible way of collecting information.

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ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD , 2019. Vol. 21, no 2, p. 179-199
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-395928DOI: 10.1080/13698249.2019.1602806ISI: 000488107700002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-395928DiVA, id: diva2:1366644
Available from: 2019-10-30 Created: 2019-10-30 Last updated: 2019-10-30Bibliographically approved

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