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Title:Crossing the divide: research methods to facilitate representative data collection within conflicted communities
Author:Grant, Julie
Periodical:Critical Arts: A Journal of Media Studies (ISSN 1992-6049)
Geographic term:South Africa
poverty reduction
research methods
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/02560046.2016.1267248
Abstract:In order that development strategies alleviate poverty and empower communities, strategies must be initiated and supported by a broad spectrum of representatives from the intended beneficiary community. Communities are rarely homogenous, however, meaning that development researchers/practitioners often have to negotiate and interact with opposing community factions with differing development interests. By associating with one faction, the researcher/practitioner may become alienated from the other, who then fails to participate in the process. Despite this, literature to guide the researcher/practitioner on how to negotiate access in such situations is lacking. In this article I draw on my experiences of working with the divided Khomani Bushman community in South Africa, some of whom desire development along more traditional lines, while others have Western-style aspirations. I examine the research practices that enabled me to ethically cross the divide to collect the necessary data from individuals within both community factions, making my data representative of the broader community Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]