Let them Feed him Biscuits: Doing Fieldwork in Fiji with the Family

Ingrid Johnston

Abstract


Embarking on fieldwork in a country and culture that is foreign to oneself will always present challenges alongside the wonderful learning opportunities. Bringing the family along for the ride increases both sides of that equation. This narrative article reflects on the experiences of staying on a remote island in Fiji for social science fieldwork. It looks at the issue of cross-cultural research, and the impacts of the presence of the researcher's family. There are many issues to consider, and changes from what may be a usual research practice, and the presence of the family impacts upon every stage of the research.

URN: http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs1501170


Keywords


fieldwork; family; reflexivity; cross-cultural; remote island; Pacific

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17169/fqs-16.1.2220

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