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A Focus on Community Engagement

We present three ethnographic cases based on first-hand, epidemic-related field observations of community engagement and local resistance. The authors were involved in diverse ways in Sierra Leone (Luisa Enria), Liberia (Almudena Mari Saez 2 ) and Guinea (Frédéric Le Marcis and Sylvain Landry B. Faye) and as part of the global response coordination (Sharon Abramowitz). These case studies, directly observed by the authors, present three community engagement encounters

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Rethinking Digital Divides by Linda Leung

principles of the user-centred design that would contribute to removing these barriers, she relies on ethnographic research. From the accounts given by participants from different demographic characteristics, she develops user personas. The information gathered allowed her to prototype four resource-kit units around telephones (both landlines and mobile phones) as part of a training programme for resettled refugees. The proposed user-centred design training programme is three-pronged: it takes into

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
From the Global to the Local

context, the Agency’s services are seen as a lifeline for the refugees’ ( UNGA WG, 2016 ). 5 To examine the implications of UNRWA’s operational shifts in such a context, I build upon my long-standing ethnographic research in and about the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon and insights from an ongoing research project examining how the members of nine local communities – including Palestinian refugee communities – in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey have been responding to the arrival and presence of refugees from Syria. 6 As part of this project

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
New storytellers, new narratives?
Julia Gallagher and V. Y. Mudimbe

(3): 98–100. Hasty, J. (2006): ‘Performing power, composing culture: the state press in Ghana’, Ethnography 7(1): 69–98. Hawk, B. (1992): Africa’s Media Image (New York: Praeger). International Crisis Group (2008): ‘Kenya in crisis’, Africa Report No. 137. Keane, F. (2004): ‘Trapped in a time warped narrative’, Neiman Reports 58(3). Keane, F. (2008): ‘Kenya’s poor at each other’s throats’, BBC Online News. Kliesch, R. E. (1991): ‘The US

in Images of Africa

, that is, in the spiritual hinterlands. Erna Brodber ( 1997 : 98) calls this mode of reclaiming – re-recognizing – your collective self as ‘the hegemony of the spirit’. And she terms the methodology for such retrieval as ‘celestial ethnography’ (Brodber 1997 : 61). A cartographic practice too, no doubt. Brodber expounds this methodology in the novel, Louisiana , which she

in Recognition and Global Politics
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to be visited are the basic currency of exchange that orients the researcher and often predetermines what or whom the researcher will investigate. The similarity between fieldwork and tourism is perhaps most significant in the case of ‘independent’ or ‘adventure’ tourists. It is worthwhile to remember that anthropology as a scholarly discipline emerged from adventure tourism. In Public Places, Private Journeys, Ellen Strain undertakes a genealogy of tourism and ethnography to demonstrate how modern travellers engage in elitist activities that are very similar to

in The ethics of researching war
A post-colonial reassessment of cultural sensitivity in conflict governance

of social and cultural anthropology. Hence, we might look to this discipline for insights on the potential and limits of such representation. Anthropology combines ethnography, the collection of ‘cultural data’, with theoretical analysis.13 The former aspect involves an internal (‘emic’) perspective of the societies that are studied, as reflected in what their members say, think and do. The latter, external (‘etic’) perspective is what the observer makes of these ideas and practices, interpreting them through general theoretical perspectives, for instance on the

in Cultures of governance and peace
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country’s diversity. The Vietnamese were keen to undo these colonial ethnographies with their all-too-apposite connotations of looming splits, and redraw the map of Vietnam on their own terms. As Christopher Goscha ( 1995 ) carefully documents, this was no easy matter. The Vietnamese Communist Party itself, after all, was originally called the Indochinese Communist Party, and was initially unsure whether to pursue the goal of a

in Soldered states

Mexican tradition and lived encounters in a hostile environment) that functioned as a vehicle of cultural continuity’.18 In Gómez-​Peña’s work, the rasquache aesthetic is characterised by his use of recycling, the prominence of the US–​Mexico border, his use of reverse ethnography, and strategies of defamiliarisation, like drag. According to Robert Neustadt, Ybarra-​Frausto specifically notes that Gómez-​Peña manipulates ‘rasquache artifacts, codes, and sensibilities from both sides of the border’, emphasising the ‘cultural particularities of the Chicano/​a lived

in Crossing borders and queering citizenship
From campaign imagery to contemporary art
Julia Gallagher and V. Y. Mudimbe

From early colonial ethnography to charity advertising, Africa has been perceived as a suffering and distant ‘other’ with imperial campaign traditions reducing the depiction of a continent to famine, corruption and sensationalised violence, collectively framing viewers and the viewed as ‘us’ and ‘them’. Ethiopia in particular came to embody this view as in 1984–5 it was thrust under the pitying eyes of the world by the Live Aid campaign. A resulting backlash against these flat and disempowering images saw many in Ethiopia – particularly

in Images of Africa