Of Women and Belonging

Ethnographic encounters in the borderland of Gurez, Jammu and Kashmir

  • Malvika Sharma

Abstract

I explore issues of identity and belonging in the field as a woman researcher, through encounters and narratives that highlight vulnerabilities in doing ethnography in a hostile borderland in Jammu and Kashmir. The contested notions of belonging – as a woman and as a researcher in the field – often proves challenging for female researchers who have to be mindful of both these identities at the same time. The field constantly reminds ‘the researcher’ of her identity as a woman, and here lies the difficult task of carrying out the fieldwork while remaining true to both. The challenges that a woman researcher faces can be overcome if she finds a way to negotiate her belonging in the field with herself, and with her participants. 

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Published
2020-12-09
How to Cite
SHARMA, Malvika. Of Women and Belonging. Commoning Ethnography, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 1, p. 152-157, dec. 2020. ISSN 2537-9879. Available at: <https://ojs.victoria.ac.nz/ce/article/view/6656>. Date accessed: 24 jan. 2021. doi: https://doi.org/10.26686/ce.v3i1.6656.
Section
Trial by Fire