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Towards an ethics of talking ‘about’
Katy Brown

The far right, under its many names and guises, has become a hugely popular area of research within political science and other disciplines ( Gattinara 2020 ; Carter 2018 ). Despite such sustained interest, and scant evidence to suggest that it is waning, this attention has certainly not been matched by levels of engagement with the specific ethical implications of researching the far

in The ethics of researching the far right
Aleksandra Grzymala-Kazlowska

As mentioned in the introduction, the empirical analyses presented in this book are based on the material gathered in my research conducted in 2014–2015 within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship SAST. In total, 80 individual in-depth interviews and questionnaires were undertaken with 40 post-accession Polish migrants in the UK and 40 post-2004 Ukrainian migrants to Poland legally residing there (see the Appendix, Tables 1 and 2 ). The participants needed to meet a selection criterion of not having a local spouse or life partner, to

in Rethinking settlement and integration
Jean Beaman

) I begin this chapter with two anecdotes. First, I have been conducting research on race and racism in France, particularly in the Parisian metropolitan region, for about fifteen years now. I typically fly in and out of France through Paris’s Charles De Gaulle Airport. Often when I go through customs leaving France to fly back to the US, the French customs or border patrol

in The ethics of researching the far right
Anna Killick

I introduced some participants in Chapter 1 . Diane and Misha came from one part of the city I call Hill district and Rachel from Church district. In this chapter I introduce the districts and describe the methods I used to conduct the fieldwork this book is based on. The approach to gathering knowledge I use is interpretivist and the methodology is to research with an ethnographic sensibility. For readers unfamiliar with ethnographic methods or wanting to read more, I have included additional detail about the methods in the Appendix. For readers not

in Rigged
Meghan Tinsley
Ruth Ramsden-Karelse
Chloe Peacock
, and
Sadia Habib

embattled National Trust report illustrates the pitfalls of public-facing research on memory and heritage – which are compounded for Black and minority ethnic researchers. In Britain (though not only in Britain), imperial nostalgia, amnesia, and melancholia have produced a deeply fraught public memory of empire and slavery. Britain’s ambivalent relationship with its own history is

in The ethics of researching the far right
Vanya Kovačič

Initiation of the research at RSP The idea of an anthropological assessment had been discussed at MSF for some years before my arrival in Amman. As the RSP entered its tenth year, in 2017, the organization’s determination to make an assessment that went beyond an evaluation of its medical aspects intensified. The mutual interest of the field and desk managers and CRASH, MSF

in Reconstructing lives
Anne-Marie Fortier

, stating that they wanted to tell their story, that they wanted it to be heard (see Scene 3 ). The focus of the field research was twofold: processes and encounters. As suggested in Chapter 1 , this means moving beyond top-down or bottom-up approaches in favour of ‘studying through’ (Wright and Reinhold 2011 ) citizenisation and naturalisation processes, shedding light on how policies and their effects and outcomes are not fixed but variously enacted by various actors in different settings. Furthermore, the research aligns itself with what Matthew

in Uncertain citizenship
Politics, privilege, and practical concerns
Aaron Winter

The title of this chapter is not a provocation or the start of a bad joke, but my response to a serious question that I was frequently asked during my postgraduate studies in the late 1990s/early 2000s. The question was why I decided not to do ethnography or interviews with far-right figures as part of my DPhil research into the Christian Identity and Patriot

in The ethics of researching the far right
Anna A. Meier

“If whiteness gains currency by being unnoticed, what does it mean to notice whiteness?” asks Sara Ahmed in the introduction to her essay, ‘The phenomenology of whiteness’ ( Ahmed 2007 : 149). In this short chapter, I attempt to ‘notice’ whiteness in research on white supremacist violence. Put differently, what does it mean to be a white researcher in white

in The ethics of researching the far right
Critical approaches and reflections

The ethics of researching the far right is a wide-ranging collection of critical reflections on the ethical considerations of researching, writing about, and disseminating work on the far right. Reflecting on research carried out in a range of disciplines and contexts, the contributors offer a critical starting point for discussions on how to research the far right ethically, a topic that raises a number of urgent issues. Rejecting the idea of neutrality in research, the collection makes it explicit that this research is always political. Lived experience and reflexivity are key to this book, whether it is the many years spent grappling with the ethical dilemmas posed by researching and engaging with and against the far right, how to simply start in light of the practical and psychological barriers imposed by various actors and ourselves, or how to remain in service to and solidarity with the communities at the sharp end of such politics. Beyond explicitly ethical questions, this book also offers a critical intervention into the field of research on the far right to address issues such as racism, sexism, white supremacy, colonialism, and positionality, which must be core to any ethical approach to social research. This collection aims to be a practical contribution to researching the far right and the range of contributors, issues, and approaches provide a broad applicability for researchers broadly understood. As such, it will be valuable to anyone interested in researching, understanding, and combating the far right.