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Intersubjectivity and Power in Ethnographic Research.
Central European University. (Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4505-1683
2010 (English)In: Qualitative Research Journal, ISSN 1443-9883, Vol. 10, no 2, 3-19 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper discusses my perceived positionality in an ethnographic research project on the contentious issue of female circumcision in Southwest Cameroon. My bicultural identity as a Western‐trained, African anthropologist is associated with power because of my perceived alliance with the ‘Whiteman’ (western, rational, scientific knowledge) showing how the anti‐female circumcision campaigns based on discursive practices of mortality and the harmful health effect paradigm have backlashed, suggesting the need to re‐evaluate and be aware of power dynamics between practicing and nonpracticing societies in the construction of the diverse reality of female circumcision. The ritual practice should rather be seen as opened to both rationalisation and modernisation, suggesting that there can be a synergy between local and global, rational science.

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited: Emerald Group Publishing Limited , 2010. Vol. 10, no 2, 3-19 p.
Keyword [en]
Positionality, Bicultural identity, Female circumcision, Whiteman, Power
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Sociology Gender Studies
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Social Sciences, Sociology; Social Sciences, Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-41695DOI: 10.3316/QRJ1002003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-41695DiVA: diva2:800368
Available from: 2015-04-02 Created: 2015-04-02 Last updated: 2015-05-26Bibliographically approved

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