Researching with 'Local' Associates: Power, Trust and Data in an Interpretive Project on Communities’ Conflict Knowledge in Myanmar

Berit Bliesemann de Guevara, Ellen Furnari, Rachel Julian

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Abstract

This article discusses benefits and challenges of qualitative-interpretive research conducted in teams of outside (Northern) researchers and national (Southern) associates, in which the latter have considerable autonomy over research design and data generation. Reflecting on our collaboration with Burmese associates on arts-based workshops with violence-affected communities in Myanmar, we discuss how structures and dynamics of power and trust-building shaped the research process and data interpretation. Our reflective analysis suggests that interpretivist research ‘by proxy’ is possible and can be highly enriching but depends upon sufficient time (and funding) for meaningful, long-term engagement with ‘local’ research collaborators, which our project lacked.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)427-452
Number of pages26
JournalCivil Wars
Volume22
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 May 2020

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