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Local positionality in the production of knowledge in Northern Uganda

David Mwambari (UGent)
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This article examines the positionality of local stakeholders in the production of knowledge through fieldwork in qualitative research in Northern Uganda. While scholarly literature has evolved on the positionality and experiences of researchers from the Global North in (post)conflict environments, little is known about the positionality and experiences of local stakeholders in the production of knowledge. This article is based on interviews and focus groups with research assistants and respondents in Northern Uganda. Using a phenomenological approach, this article analyzes the positionality and experiences of these research associates and respondents during fieldwork. Three themes emerged from these interviews and are explored in this article: power, fatigue, and safety. This article emphasizes that researchers need to be reflexive in their practices and highlights the need to reexamine how researchers are trained in qualitative methods before going into the field. This article is further critical of the behavior of researchers and how research agendas impact local stakeholders during and after fieldwork.
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action research, ethnography, focus groups, case study, critical ethnography, RESEARCH ASSISTANTS, GENDER, POLITICS, SCHOLARSHIP, REFLECTIONS, OUTSIDERS, INSIDERS, AFRICAN, PEOPLE, ISSUES

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Mwambari, David. “Local Positionality in the Production of Knowledge in Northern Uganda.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE METHODS, vol. 18, 2019.
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Mwambari, D. (2019). Local positionality in the production of knowledge in Northern Uganda. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE METHODS, 18.
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Mwambari, David. 2019. “Local Positionality in the Production of Knowledge in Northern Uganda.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE METHODS 18.
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Mwambari, David. 2019. “Local Positionality in the Production of Knowledge in Northern Uganda.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE METHODS 18.
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Mwambari D. Local positionality in the production of knowledge in Northern Uganda. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE METHODS. 2019;18.
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D. Mwambari, “Local positionality in the production of knowledge in Northern Uganda,” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE METHODS, vol. 18, 2019.
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  journal      = {INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE METHODS},
  keywords     = {action research,ethnography,focus groups,case study,critical ethnography,RESEARCH ASSISTANTS,GENDER,POLITICS,SCHOLARSHIP,REFLECTIONS,OUTSIDERS,INSIDERS,AFRICAN,PEOPLE,ISSUES},
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  title        = {Local positionality in the production of knowledge in Northern Uganda},
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  volume       = {18},
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