Fieldwork is not as easy as it appears. Making observations in an existing setting can be challenging; being in that setting for a prolonged period of time raises even more issues. How to balance commitment and distance? How to deal with your informants’ own agendas? What to do in case of conflict? Ervaren en ervaren worden: Opstellen over langdurig sociaalwetenschappelijke veldonderzoek [Experience and being experienced: Essays on prolonged socialscientific fieldwork] is an edited volume with twelve reflexive essays on the merits and hazards on fieldwork. In my contribution, I discuss the strategic and practical decisions I had to make during ethnographic research with young girls. I reflect on the complicated relationship between pupils, teachers and the academic reseracher.
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