Gatekeeping Success in the Namibian CBNRM Program
In this chapter, Carolin Stamm illustrates how research that heavily relies on fieldwork is profoundly influenced by the opportunities and constraints encountered during data collection, which often lie in the hands of gatekeepers. Taking a different approach from the usual scholarly discussions that focus on the role of the gatekeeper as a static figure to navigate around, Stamm uses her fieldwork with CBOs and NGOs in rural conservation projects in Namibia to reconceptualize the gatekeeper–researcher relationship. Through a critical evaluation of the role that gatekeepers played in the data collection process, analysis, and formation of her empirical findings, Stamm argues that the manner in which access to knowledge is negotiated should not be divorced from the results it generates.
KeywordsNamibia Conservation Access Positionality Gatekeepers CBOs
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