The Politics of Conducting Research in Africa

Ethical and Emotional Challenges in the Field

  • Lyn Johnstone

About this book


This edited volume investigates the ethical and emotional challenges of conducting fieldwork in Africa. It reflects on difficulties researchers face such as objectivity, access, gender issues and information risks. Focusing across a wide range of states and themes, the project makes an original contribution and builds upon existing strengths and insights in various disciplines by presenting research-practical insights from contemporary cases of fieldwork. As such, the book is an accessible and useful guide for students and scholars alike.

Lyn Johnstone is Teaching Fellow at Royal Holloway University of London, United Kingdom.


Challenges of conducting research in Africa Fieldwork in Africa Insights on the pitfalls of field research Theoretical contributions to fieldwork in Africa Identity politics in fieldwork Africa Development gender politics Interviews politics HIV/AIDS fieldwork migrants fieldwork field research

Editors and affiliations

  • Lyn Johnstone
    • 1
  1. 1.Royal Holloway, University of LondonEghamUK

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