In the past ten years there has been a shift in the field of anthropology towards working with and studying organisations. Anthropologists Inside Organisations addresses this need by bringing together seven diverse case studies based in/on South Asian countries, analysing how anthropologists have negotiated issues that arise from interacting with organisations. The book emphasises methodology and fresh empirical research. It also provides rich and detailed examples of how different researchers have managed to work within constraints imposed by organizations.

From Schools to Secretariats: Crossing Organisational Boundaries in Fieldwork in Uttar Pradesh

From schools to Secretariats: Crossing organisational boundaries in fieldwork in Uttar Pradesh
PrachiSrivastava

Introduction

While I was pursuing my doctoral studies in international education and was about to embark on fieldwork in India, I was frequently warned of underlying power relations that are likely to privilege the ‘Western’ gaze (England 1994; Escobar 1995; Scheyvens & Leslie 2000). However, assumptions uncritically privileging ‘Western’ researchers do not take into account the network of power relations that fieldworkers have to mediate. This is particularly true of researchers (particularly students) who have to access elite participants (Conti & O'Neil 2007; Okumus, Altinay & Roper 2007; Walford 1994), or ‘where the subjects do not easily fit the category of “subaltern” or ...

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