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Research Assistants: Invisible but Indispensable in Ethnographic Research
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 3332828
Author(s) Kaiser-Grolimund, Andrea; Ammann, Carole; Staudacher, Sandra
Author(s) at UniBasel Ammann, Carole
Staudacher, Sandra
Kaiser-Grolimund, Andrea
Year 2016
Year: comment accepted
Title Research Assistants: Invisible but Indispensable in Ethnographic Research
Journal Tsantsa
Number 21
Pages / Article-Number 132-136
Keywords Field research, research assistants, West Africa, East Africa
Abstract Until recently, anthropological literature on the collaboration between the researcher and his/her assistant(s) was rather scarce – although these helpers in the field are highly involved in our knowledge production. In PhD theses, where sole authorship is required for academic degrees, the work with assistants is mentioned briefly in the methodology parts, but then disappears again in the published books. Working with research assistants raises questions of author- ship, authority and ethical considerations in general (Galizia and Schneider 2005: 8, Gupta 2014). In this contribution we argue that collaborations with research assistants strongly influence our data, its analysis and finally our ethnographic texts. Hence, we promote an ethnographic writing that thoroughly reflects working with research assistants and makes this collaboration more explicit.
Publisher Schweizerische Ethnologische Gesellschaft
ISSN/ISBN 1420-7834
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