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Methodology matters in Iran researching social movements in authoritarian contexts

Rivetti, Paola orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-1794-0504 (2017) Methodology matters in Iran researching social movements in authoritarian contexts. Anthropology of the Middle East, 12 (1). pp. 71-87. ISSN 1746-0719

How can scholars conduct fieldwork in an authoritarian environment, engaging ‘dangerous’ topics such as social movements in Iran? How can they overcome the limitations imposed by the authoritarian state and win the trust of activists? This article reflects on the knowledge that scholars produce under such difficult circumstances, arguing that the deployment of non-mainstream research practices and methods can benefit the scholarship, exposing under-studied and overlooked aspects of the topic investigated. More specifically, the article elaborates on how methodological choices inform the knowledge we produce and how they can therefore be used to overcome structural limitations generating innovative and fairer scholarship.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Fieldwork; Iran; activism, co-research; methodology; social movements
Subjects:Social Sciences > Political science
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Law and Government
Publisher:Berghahn Journals
Official URL:https://doi.org/10.3167/ame.2017.120106
Copyright Information:© 2017 Berghahn Journals
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
Funders:Irish Research Council (grant ID REPRO/2015/33)
ID Code:23156
Deposited On:10 Apr 2019 13:54 by Paola Rivetti . Last Modified 23 Mar 2023 13:37

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