In a compelling exploration of an oft-hidden aspect of qualitative field research, Women Fielding Danger shows how identity performances can facilitate or block field research outcomes. Focusing on ethnographic research across a wide range of disciplines and world regions, this deeply informed book presents practical "to-dos" and technical research strategies. In addition, it offers unique illustrations of how the political, geographic, and organizational realities of field sites shape identity negotiations and research outcomes. Understanding these dynamics, the authors show, is key to surviving the ethnographic field.
Martha K. Huggins is Charles and Leo Favrot Professor of Human Relations and professor of sociology and Latin American studies at Tulane University. Marie-Louise Glebbeek is assistant professor in the Department of Cultural Anthropology at Utrecht University.
Introduction: Similarities among Differences Part I: Gender's Front Stage: Insiders and Outsiders Chapter 1: Fixing and Negotiating Identities in the Field: The Case of Lebanese Shiites Chapter 2: Studying Environmental Rights and Land Usage: Undergraduate Researcher Gets "Gendered In" Chapter 3: Globalizing Feminist Research Chapter 4: Veiling the "Dangers" of Colliding Borders: Tourism and Gender in Zanzibar Part II: Danger and "Safe Spaces" Chapter 5: Gendered Observations: Activism, Advocacy, and the Academy Chapter 6: Human Rights in East Timor: Advocacy and Ethics in the Field Chapter 7: Securing "Safe Spaces": Field Diplomacy in Albania and Kosovo Part III: Negotiating Research Identities Chapter 8: Negotiating the Field in Rural India: Location, Organization and Identity Salience Chapter 9: Perils of Witnessing and Ambivalence of Writing: Whiteness, Sexuality, and Violence in Rio de Janeiro Shantytowns Chapter 10: Power, Safety and Ethics in Cross-Gendered Research with Violent Men Chapter 11: Negotiating the Muddiness of Grassroots Research: Managing Identity and Data in Rural El Salvador Part IV: Ethics and Secrecy Chapter 12: Secrecy and Trust in the Affective Field: Conducting Field Work in Burma Chapter 13: The Veiled Feminist Ethnographer: Fieldwork among Women of India's Hindu Right Chapter 14: Studying Violent Male Institutions: Cross-Gender Dynamics in Police Research-Secrecy and Danger in Brazil and Guatemala