The Psycho-Affective Echoes of Colonialism in Fieldwork Relations


  • Robert Garot City University of New York



qualitative methodology, colonialism, surveillance, refugee, interviews


This article describes the varieties of relations with African immigrant interviewees in Tuscany as experienced by a white male interviewer from the United States. Franz FANON's discussion of the psycho-affective consequences of colonialism is vital for understanding how naïve and romantic notions of fieldwork relations are disingenuous, counter-productive and perhaps destructive in a neo-colonial landscape.



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Author Biography

Robert Garot, City University of New York

Robert GAROT received his Ph.D. in sociology from UCLA in 2003. He is an assistant professor of sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Doctoral Faculty in Sociology and Criminal Justice at the City University of New York. His book, Who You Claim: Performing Gang Identity in School and on the Streets, was published by NYU Press in 2010, and received honorable mention for the Robert E. Park Award from the Community and Urban Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. He is a facilitator for the Alternatives to Violence Project in the Garden State Penitentiary, and has served as an advisor to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Urban Institute.




How to Cite

Garot, R. (2013). The Psycho-Affective Echoes of Colonialism in Fieldwork Relations. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 15(1).



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