Ethnography as transdisciplinary inquiry: two stories of adaptation and resilience from Aceh, Indonesia

Palmer, Jane (2017) Ethnography as transdisciplinary inquiry: two stories of adaptation and resilience from Aceh, Indonesia. In: Transdisciplinary research and practice for sustainability outcomes. Routledge Studies in Sustainability. Taylor & Francis (Routledge), Oxford, UK, pp. 190-203. ISBN 9781138119703

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This chapter is aimed at strengthening the connection between ethnography and transdisciplinary inquiry, with a case study focused on the research area of adaptation and resilience. Stories obtained through ethnographic methods offer new transdisciplinary insights into how resilience and adaptation might be constituted within different communities; they are also a way of conveying these insights to academic and non-academic audiences. Moreover, the transformative impact of storytelling on the researcher’s relations with the ‘researched’ challenges the researcher’s preconceptions, promotes empathy, and encourages more participatory and socially just practices. The chapter concludes with a set of tools for researchers wishing to engage in storytelling ethnography as a form of transdisciplinary inquiry.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Access to Submitted version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2016 06:00
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2018 01:13
Uncontrolled Keywords: ethnography; transdisciplinarity; Aceh; transformative research; storytelling; narrative inquiry; adaptation; resilience
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1601 Anthropology > 160101 Anthropology of Development
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200202 Asian Cultural Studies
16 Studies in Human Society > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160403 Social and Cultural Geography
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210302 Asian History
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960311 Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability

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