Situated knowledge in cross-cultural, cross-language research: a collaborative reflexive analysis of researcher, assistant and participant subjectivities
2014 (English)In: Qualitative Research, ISSN 1468-7941, E-ISSN 1741-3109, Vol. 15, no 4, 489-505 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article analyzes situated knowledge through the lens of the author and her three field assistants. This work is written self-reflexively and is based on geographical fieldwork in Eastern Africa. It seeks to capitalize on the personal and professional relationships of the researcher and her field assistants to improve both research outcomes and working arrangements. Reflecting on episodes of failure, anxiety and misunderstanding, it disentangles the power geometry of situated knowledge and sheds light on the vital role played by the assistant/interpreter and by his/her positionality ‘in the making’ of cross-cultural, cross-language research. Grounded in a feminist epistemological perspective, this article shows that methodological reflexivity should engage not only the researcher or the participants but also the field assistants. This praxis is crucial to enhancing the validity of studies conducted in a cross-cultural, cross-language environment across social science.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 15, no 4, 489-505 p.
cross-cultural cross-language research, feminist epistemology, field assistant, positionality, power, reflexivity, situated knowledge
Research subject Geography with Emphasis on Human Geography
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-106014DOI: 10.1177/1468794114543404ISI: 000357790700005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-106014DiVA: diva2:734525
ProjectsCurrent expansion and past dynamics of small-holder irrigation farming in African dry-lands, measuring landscape, labor and climate interactions
FunderSida - Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, SWE2009-210