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Researching Diaspora Citizenship: Reflections on Issues of Positionality and Access from a Zimbabwean Researching Zimbabweans in South Africa

  • Langton Miriyoga
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Abstract

In this chapter, Langton Miriyoga discusses the complexities and challenges he faced as a Zimbabwean returning to South Africa—the place where he lived for a number of years before moving to the UK to begin his doctoral research—to conduct field research. Far from the ease of access he anticipated as a Zimbabwean migrant researching Zimbabwean migrants, Miriyoga describes how his own memories of crime in the townships of Cape Town, together with the outbreaks of xenophobic violence at the time of his fieldwork, colored his research and compounded the already difficult situation of conducting research on marginalized populations.

Keywords

South Africa Hidden migrants Positionality Subjectivity Bias 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Langton Miriyoga
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  1. 1.Royal Holloway, University of LondonEghamUK

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