Unchartered Terrains: New Directions in Border Research Method and Ethics

Unchartered Terrains: New Directions in Border Research Method and Ethics., edited by Prof. Anna Ochoa O’Leary, Colin Deeds and Scott Whiteford, was published in October 2013. This book explores how we, as concerned communities, learn about this complex region and the people who pass through it. We do this by asking about the process of inquiry, interpretation, and the sharing of under-standings while questioning the processes themselves. Rarely do we critically and systematically examine the protection of sources, the methods used to gather data, and the inclusion of border actors in the research and interpretation, or engage in the discussion of sharing of the findings with concerned communities and other stakeholders. Among some of the community concerns that researchers contend with are about emerging distrust, fear, hostilities, vulnerability, frustration with political leaders, and regional insecurity. These sensitivities seep into the environments where researchers conduct research and compel us to rethink who we are and how we learn about the people and issues that surround us. Professor O'Leary is a MAS faculty member. 

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12/10/2013 - 12:02

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