Waiting, power and time in ethnographic and community-based research

Palmer, Jane and Pocock, Celmara and Burton, Lorelle (2018) Waiting, power and time in ethnographic and community-based research. Qualitative Research, 18 (4). pp. 416-432. ISSN 1468-7941

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Waiting is one of the most common phenomena in ethnographic and other community-based research. Nevertheless, it remains under-explored in academic writing about the theoretical and methodological aspects of fieldwork. While waiting time often allows new data or information to
emerge, we argue that such times have a significance independent of knowledge outcomes. We review various conceptions of waiting: as a time for self-awareness; the use of enforced waiting to exert power over the disadvantaged; and its obverse, the choice by the more powerful to ‘wait upon’ another’s needs and priorities. We use stories from our own fieldwork experience to suggest that in the particular context of ethnographic or community-based research, the choice to ‘wait upon’ others
is a form of researcher reflexivity that can partially redress historical or current power imbalances.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited 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: 21 Sep 2017 06:35
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2018 23:33
Uncontrolled Keywords: ethnographic research, ethnography and disadvantage, interstitial time, power relations in fieldwork, reflexivity, storytelling, waiting, waiting and power, waiting upon
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
16 Studies in Human Society > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169902 Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society
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
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1177/1468794117728413
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/33119

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