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Research Assistants: Invisible but Indispensable in Ethnographic Research

Kaiser-Grolimund, Andrea and Ammann, Carole and Staudacher, Sandra. (2016) Research Assistants: Invisible but Indispensable in Ethnographic Research. Tsantsa (21). pp. 132-136.

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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.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften > Fachbereich Ethnologie > Medizinethnologie (Obrist )
04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften > Fachbereich Ethnologie > Visuelle und politische Ethnologie (Förster)
UniBasel Contributors:Ammann, Carole and Staudacher, Sandra and Grolimund, Andrea
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Schweizerische Ethnologische Gesellschaft
ISSN:1420-7834
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Language:English
Last Modified:22 Dec 2016 10:39
Deposited On:27 Sep 2016 08:39

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