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Chapter 5: Something Old, Something New: Research using Archives, Texts and Virtual Data
Something Old, Something New: Research using Archives, Texts and Virtual Data
Chances are you are reading this book because you are planning to do fieldwork. Before that fieldwork is done, it is likely that at some point you will find yourself following endless links through cyberspace or in a room full of filing cabinets, flicking through piles of yellowed paper. However, these activities shouldn't be considered separate from ‘real’ fieldwork, rather we argue that the dusty archive or an online community are themselves ‘political locations’ (Clifford, 1997: 84; Gupta and Ferguson, 1997: 35) and a ‘social terrain’ (Nast, 1994: 57) which reflect and recreate the wider power inequalities of the traditional field ...