Md Azmeary Ferdoush, To “help” or not to “help” the participant: A global South ethnographer’s dilemma in the global South, Geoforum, Volume 124, 2021, Pages 75-78, ISSN 0016-7185, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2021.06.004
To “help” or not to “help” the participant : a global South ethnographer’s dilemma in the global South
|Author:||Ferdoush, Md Azmeary1|
1Pentti Kaiteran Katu 1, Geography Research Unit, Room FY 323-I, University of Oulu, FI-90014, Finland
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|Persistent link:|| http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2022032324619
|Publish Date:|| 2022-03-23
Ethnographers are often faced with the dilemma of whether to help or not help participants, especially those from the global South conducting fieldwork at “home.” While such dilemmas are frequent, rarely any guideline directly engages with them. In this brief paper, I engage with the ethical dilemma of whether to help research participants during fieldwork, especially in the global South where participants are often marginalized populations who may ask for crucial help. In so doing, I first question what should be considered as “help.” Then I juxtapose help with the ethical issues of reciprocity and responsibility. Third, I briefly focus on the emotional burden that ethnographers often become subject to for not being able to help the way they might have wanted and finally, discuss uneven immersion as a tactic to deal with the dilemma.
|Pages:||75 - 78|
|Type of Publication:||
A2 Review article in a scientific journal
|Field of Science:||
519 Social and economic geography
This work was supported by East-West Center (Field Research Grant), American Association of Geographers (Dissertation Research Grant), University of Hawai’i (Student Travel Grant) and JP Sharma Memorial Scholarship by the Center for South Asian Studies at the University of Hawai’i.
© 2021 The Author. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).