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Returning to University and Writing the Field

Returning to university and writing the field
Julie CupplesSara Kindon

Leaving your field site and returning to university to write your thesis is essential if you are to receive the degree for which you are enrolled. Many researchers take time to prepare themselves for fieldwork, thinking very carefully about research design, conduct in the field and how data will be collected but, like the leaving process discussed in Chapter 11, pay relatively little attention to the writing phase.

This relative lack of preparation for writing stems in part from how this period has been referred to simplistically as ‘writing up’. Yet writing an article or thesis on a development topic is a challenging and potentially ethically fraught process which implicates ...

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