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White ethnography: (un)comfortable conveniences and shared privileges in fieldwork with swedish migrant women
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS).
2010 (English)In: Nora: Nordic Journal of Women's Studies, ISSN 0803-8740, E-ISSN 1502-394X, Vol. 18, no 2, 70-86 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article discusses methodological dilemmas in ethnographic research with first-generation Swedish migrant women living in the United States. From a (white) Swedish researcher perspective, it seeks to disentangle aspects of shared privileges between researcher and participants and constructions of white spaces in a non-Swedish context. What does it mean to pass as a white, middle-class Swede in research and how are white privileges being upheld in such acting? How are class differences equalized when ethnography is conducted outside the national class system where internal hierarchies may be re-negotiated? The article argues that the use of “methodological capital” (Gallagher 2000), such as embodied capital and passing strategies that might be necessary to reach specific groups of examination, may also reproduce structural privileges by not intervening into normative assumptions of race, class, gender and sexuality. In these circumstances, the article inquires into what can be learned from studying privileged groups and, thereby, what may we fail to see.

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Routledge , 2010. Vol. 18, no 2, 70-86 p.
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ethnography, whiteness, reflexivity, Sweden, United States.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-33351DOI: 10.1080/08038741003755467OAI: diva2:311573
Available from: 2010-04-22 Created: 2010-04-22 Last updated: 2010-05-27Bibliographically approved

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