„Nemohu je klamat?“ : konstrukce obrazu badatele v terénu

Title in English “Can't I deceive them?“ framing of researcher's image in fieldwork


Year of publication 2016
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Etnologické rozpravy
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

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Field Archaeology, anthropology, ethnology
Keywords Position of researcher in fieldwork; qualitative research; research ethics; tramping; oral history
Description Researcher meets different situations depending from specifics of his field of interest during implementation of transparent qualitative research. Various societies or subcultures with their own standards and customs can react differently when facing research interest and perceive as important different aspects of mutual communication, possibly not previously seen by researcher. During process of shaping terrain/researcher relations both involved sides constructing image of the other on basis of their own ideas and interpretations coming from environment, from which they come and are involved by. Article based on my own oral history research in community of tramps from Brno deals with possibilities of formation of constructed images about researcher, which could significantly involve content of realized interviews. Principles and recommendations of oral history research along with standards based on qualitative research codes of ethics can produce a lot of inspiration for field research in sensitive environments, but also can create some ethical dilemma depending from efforts to balance between research transparency and endeavor to create the best atmosphere for realizing research. Efforts to “impress”, do not mislead ourselves and also don't lose access to narrators. In article I’m analyzing assumptions for creating the situation, which I meet during “defining positions” and “looking for understanding” in my research.

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