Methods of Violence: Researcher Safety and Adaptability in Times of Conflict

Practicing Anthropology 33(1): 33-37, Winter 2011

5 Pages Posted: 23 Jul 2015 Last revised: 15 Nov 2017

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Jeremy Slack

University of Texas at El Paso

Daniel Martinez

University of Arizona - Department of Sociology

Prescott Vandervoet

University of Arizona

Date Written: January 1, 2011

Abstract

During a research project on the experiences of undocumented migrants that had been apprehended and returned to Mexico, we were faced with the difficult decision regarding the continuation of research following several high-profile incidents of violence near our research site. There were a variety of opinions among the researchers involved. In this article we have included three different researchers’ voices and opinions. These perspectives lead us to address broader issues involved with our responsibility as researchers to document the most prominent issues affecting our research localities in a reasonable albeit methodological manner.

Keywords: violence, researcher safety, methodology, ethics

Suggested Citation

Slack, Jeremy and Martinez, Daniel and Vandervoet, Prescott, Methods of Violence: Researcher Safety and Adaptability in Times of Conflict (January 1, 2011). Practicing Anthropology 33(1): 33-37, Winter 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2634466

Jeremy Slack

University of Texas at El Paso ( email )

500 W University Ave
El Paso, TX 79902
United States

Daniel Martinez (Contact Author)

University of Arizona - Department of Sociology ( email )

United States

Prescott Vandervoet

University of Arizona ( email )

Department of History
Tucson, AZ 85721
United States

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