Doctoral Journeys: From Field Diaries to Institutional (ised) Authorship

Mahajan, Anupama and Rajangam, Krupa and Suresh Babu, Savitha (2020) Doctoral Journeys: From Field Diaries to Institutional (ised) Authorship. Economic and Political Weekly, LV (22). pp. 53-60. ISSN 0012-9976

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Abstract: The ways in which three doctoral scholars engaged in ethnographic research in differing social worlds are explored here. Accounting for the ethical–political dilemmas engendered by “fieldwork” and the ways in which we grappled with them, this paper reflects upon methodology and questions of power pertaining to disciplinary boundaries, social identities, and researcher–practitioner binaries that have marked key debates within scholarship on the Indian social. This reflection draws from our vantage point as doctoral students, particularly addressing our preparedness for the messiness of field participation and converting field notes into authorial accounts. The arguments in the paper feed into larger conversations around representation in the social sciences. By foregrounding our ethical–moral positions and the institutional spaces (or the lack thereof) to act upon such imperatives, the paper raises important questions about the dilemmas of authoring social worlds.
Item Type: Journal Paper
Subjects: School of Social Sciences > Anthropology
School of Social Sciences > Education
School of Social Sciences > Sociology
School of Humanities > Psychology
School of Humanities > Heritage Studies
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2020 08:54
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