Building on an emerging scholarly literature that discusses methodological issues related to the safety of researchers, I explore the lived experiences of Western researchers who conducted fieldwork in authoritarian settings. Through an analysis of power as a relational phenomenon, the article examines the ways in which researchers are subject to diffuse topologies of power that can be deployed in various contexts and at various scales. Evidence suggests that as researchers immerse themselves into fieldwork, their everyday encounters with the authorities make them become progressively aware of their surroundings and of the fact that they might be being observed. Researchers thus discipline themselves and normalize a number of self-policing behaviours and practices that can significantly influence processes of knowledge production.

(2020). Researchers in the Panopticon? Geographies of Research, Fieldwork, and Authoritarianism [journal article - articolo]. In GEOGRAPHICAL REVIEW. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10446/176878

Researchers in the Panopticon? Geographies of Research, Fieldwork, and Authoritarianism

Menga, Filippo
2020

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Building on an emerging scholarly literature that discusses methodological issues related to the safety of researchers, I explore the lived experiences of Western researchers who conducted fieldwork in authoritarian settings. Through an analysis of power as a relational phenomenon, the article examines the ways in which researchers are subject to diffuse topologies of power that can be deployed in various contexts and at various scales. Evidence suggests that as researchers immerse themselves into fieldwork, their everyday encounters with the authorities make them become progressively aware of their surroundings and of the fact that they might be being observed. Researchers thus discipline themselves and normalize a number of self-policing behaviours and practices that can significantly influence processes of knowledge production.
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Menga, Filippo
(2020). Researchers in the Panopticon? Geographies of Research, Fieldwork, and Authoritarianism [journal article - articolo]. In GEOGRAPHICAL REVIEW. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10446/176878
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Descrizione: This is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article, accepted for publication in Geographical Review. Filippo Menga (2020) Researchers in the Panopticon? Geographies of Research, Fieldwork, and Authoritarianism, Geographical Review, 110:3, 341-357, DOI: 10.1080/00167428.2019.1684197. It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
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