[Feminist] Ethnography in Crisis

Chindaliya, Sakshi, Thomas, Ashika, Mohan, Deepanshu and Kaushik, Arun Kumar (2024) [Feminist] Ethnography in Crisis. In: Pan-India stories of informal workers during Covid-19 pandemic : Crisis narratives. Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore, pp. 15-30. ISBN 978-981-97-1525-1

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This chapter explores the challenges and adaptations in ethnographic research conducted in informal spaces during the COVID-19 pandemic in India. The chapter explores methodological tools unique to ethnography practices and the changes it underwent due to the restricted conditions during lockdowns. The pandemic disrupted traditional long-term engagements, compelling researchers to rely on brief interactions, digital ethnography, and sparse interactions during fieldwork. The chapter details the complexities of fieldwork in informal spaces, addressing scepticism from respondents and ethical dilemmas amidst global crises. The methodology incorporates feminist ethnography, aiming to capture diverse voices and avoid oversimplification among vulnerabilities. In addition to this, the chapter explores specific tools under feminist ethnography including (self-)reflexivity, polyvocality, and collaboration which aided the authors in presenting a nuanced understanding of vulnerable communities’ experiences. The authors advocate for a pluralistic narrative approach to convey the multifaceted realities of informal spaces during the pandemic, providing insights for policymakers and civil servants aiming to impact grassroots levels.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Ethnographic research | COVID-19 | India
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Social Sciences (General)
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Sociology
JGU School/Centre: Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities
Depositing User: Subhajit Bhattacharjee
Date Deposited: 11 May 2024 16:52
Last Modified: 11 May 2024 16:52
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-97-1525-1_2
URI: https://pure.jgu.edu.in/id/eprint/7739


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