The Asymmetrical Relationship with Respondents and Local Colleagues - Some Points on the Art of Doing Field Work

Arne Wangel

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    Abstract

    While the epistemological aspects of cross-cultural research are extensively discussed in general terms by ethnographers and other social scientists, little attention is paid to the specific patterns of interests and expectations involved. Drawing upon previous field work in Malaysia and also upon the DUCED-LUCED experience, the paper attempts to identify characteristic roles played by the visiting researcher when striving to achieve his or her agenda, and to outline how they interact with the agendas of respondents and local researchers. The images presented neither claim to be complete nor universally applicable. Their purpose is to inspire a discussion on how to develop new approaches in relating to respondents and local colleagues, by which the negotiation of co-operation based on mutual interest and shared benefits is given priority.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationA Clean Environment Towards Sustainable Development: Proceedings of the
    EditorsMalaysian University University Consortium for Environment and Development - Industry and Urban Area
    Publication date2003
    Publication statusPublished - 2003
    EventInternational Conference Environmental Management & Technology : A Clean Environment Towards sustainable Development - Malaysian University Consortium for Environment and Development - Industry and Urban Areas, Putrajaya, Malaysia
    Duration: 4 Aug 20036 Aug 2003

    Conference

    ConferenceInternational Conference Environmental Management & Technology
    LocationMalaysian University Consortium for Environment and Development - Industry and Urban Areas
    CountryMalaysia
    CityPutrajaya
    Period04/08/200306/08/2003

    Keywords

    • research cooperation
    • field work
    • cross-cultural

    Cite this

    Wangel, A. (2003). The Asymmetrical Relationship with Respondents and Local Colleagues - Some Points on the Art of Doing Field Work. In M. U. U. C. F. E. A. D. . I. A. U. A. (Ed.), A Clean Environment Towards Sustainable Development: Proceedings of the