TITLE

Embodying Research: Maternal Bodies, Fieldwork and Knowledge Production in North-West China

AUTHOR(S)
Dombroski, Kelly
PUB. DATE
May 2011
SOURCE
Graduate Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies;May2011, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p19
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
How do we come to know ethnographically? During cross-cultural ethnographic fieldwork with ethnic minority mothers in north-west China I struggled to understand the 'boundaries' of my ethnography. In this paper, I re-envision ethnographic fieldwork as a method of embodied relational engagement with a 'site' or 'space' where a multiplicity of trajectories converge (Massey, 2005). I reflect on the role the ethnographer's body plays in fieldwork, through considering how my own trajectory as a maternal body in Qinghai worked to 'centre' my fieldwork within the disparate, unbounded field. The site of my body facilitated a particular kind of cross-cultural engagement with the subjects, spaces and practices which became the focus of my research - other maternal bodies and the economic and physical spaces within which we moved and lived and mothered. Through story and analysis, this paper explores the embodied aspect of the ethnographic research process to think about how knowledge about (m)others in north-west China is co-produced through cross-cultural embodied engagements.
ACCESSION #
70871730

 

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