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Red Stamps and Gold Stars: Fieldwork Dilemmas in Upland Socialist Asia Sarah Turner

Red Stamps and Gold Stars: Fieldwork Dilemmas in Upland Socialist Asia

Sarah Turner

Published February 10th 2014
ISBN : 9780774824941
Paperback
308 pages
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In the late 1970s and 80s, socialist countries in Asia beganreopening their borders to overseas scholars. Today, a growing numberof social scientists are embarking on fieldwork in China, Vietnam, andLaos. Red Stamps and Gold Stars brings togetherMoreIn the late 1970s and 80s, socialist countries in Asia beganreopening their borders to overseas scholars. Today, a growing numberof social scientists are embarking on fieldwork in China, Vietnam, andLaos. Red Stamps and Gold Stars brings together all themessiness, compromise, and ethical dilemmas that underscore fieldworkin upland socialist Asia and elsewhere in the Global South. Thesechallenges can range from how to gain research access to politicallysensitive border regions, to helping informants-turned-friends accessappropriate health care, to reflections on how to best represent ethnicminority voices.The human geographers and social anthropologists contributing to thisvolume are actively engaged in research with ethnic minorities inupland socialist Asia. Accomplished geographers, anthropologists, andethnohistorians, they foreground the importance of questioningones subjective gaze and of debating representations ofthe other. Reflecting on the realities of fieldwork insocialist regimes and analyzing their positionality and subjectivity inthe field, the contributors debate a range of ethical quandaries andthe rewards that can be gained from critical reflection. Together,these unique contributions will advance the study of the practice ofinternational fieldwork.Sarah Turner is an associate professor in theDepartment of Geography at McGill University.Contributors: Christine Bonnin, Candice Cornet,Magnus Fiskesjo, Stephane Gros, Stevan Harrell, IsabelleHenrion-Dourcy, Li Xingxing, Karen McAllister, Jean Michaud, PierrePetit, Oscar Salemink, Jennifer Sowerwine, and Janet C. Sturgeon