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Who’s knowledge is subjective? Ethnological Reflexivity in the Era of Intersectionality
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, Ethnology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4987-6877
2015 (English)In: Conference Booklet, 2015, 20-20 p.Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

There are intersecting and shifting reasons behind why and how produced knowledge and knowledge producers are credited or discredited. Here, I will reflect over how and in what ways the ever-changing position of the researcher has an impact on how the produced knowledge is perceived within the discipline of ethnology. Furthermore, I will analyse what shape the prio-ritization of knowledge has within the field of ethnological research. I will particularly focus on the hierarchy of knowledge production based on (a.) the research subject matter and (b.) researchers’ intersecting and shifting subject positions. Drawing on discussions of reflexivity and positionality in some of the contemporary ethnological research, for the purpose of this presentation, I aim to demonstrate how some researchers’ positions in regards to their research subject is emphasized while others go untouched. Why is it that some researchers embody the knowledgeable subject regardless what type of research subject they choose to conduct? For instance, while feminist and postcolonial researchers’ knowledge productions have often been disqualified as both subjective and highly political, the other researchers easily can disclaim their subjective position and political agenda. In other words, who is perceived as ‘insider researcher’ and how this has an impact on how the produced knowledge is perceived is therefore closely linked to notions of gender, age, race, and sexuality.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. 20-20 p.
Keyword [en]
Knowledge Production, Reflexivity, Intersectionality
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Ethnology
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Ethnology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-129458OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-129458DiVA: diva2:922360
Conference
33 Nordic Ethnology and Folklore Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark, August 18-21, 2015
Available from: 2016-04-22 Created: 2016-04-22 Last updated: 2016-12-06Bibliographically approved

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