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Methodological Musings

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On “hanging out” with judges: Reflections on researching “up”

In this post for Methodological Musings, Diana Kisakye discusses access challenges while researching up, highlighting the role of the informal in a predominantly formalistic judicial culture.

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Legal research on reels: a case for creative methods

In this post, Bhumika Billa reflects on how the limited expressiveness of academic writing can be complemented with artistic output.

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Wandering and Wondering: Coming to Know Place Through Walking Interviews

In this post, James Campbell (Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford) explores movement as method, highlighting how the blending of observation and conversation can unveil rich narratives.

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From Nearness to Distance: Reflections on Insider Ethnography

In this post for Methodological Musings, Dr Lucy Welsh reflects on how insider research can cause the researcher to move from nearness to distance.

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Some Reflections on the Emotional Burden of Conducting Interviews with Victims of Occupational Diseases

In this post, Marlou Overheul (Utrecht University) reflects on the impact of emotionally challenging interview settings, and explores mitigating measures.

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On Learning to Drive

In this post for Methodological Musings, Shruti Iyer (Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford) reflects on mobility in research and shifts in relationships produced by driving.

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Researching from the Diaspora: The Benefits and Challenges of an Insider Perspectives  

In this post, Abdullahi Ali Hassan reflects on his experience doing insider research from the diaspora.

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Mixed-Media: The Art of Interdisciplinary Research in Socio-Legal Studies

In this post, Zelia Gallo reflects on the joys and challenges of doing interdisciplinary research in Socio-Legal Studies.

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Exploring Facebook as a Research Tool

In this post, Caitlyn McGeer (Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford) explores the use of social media advertisement to reach otherwise hard-to-reach participants.

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Shrinks, Priests, and Academic Soul-Searching: Epistemic Reflexivity in Socio-Legal Research

In this post, Moritz Schramm (Humboldt-University of Berlin) reflects on the value of epistemic reflexivity in an academic context dominated by doctrinal research.

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On My Unexpected Foray into Textual Analysis (And the Value of Methodological Flexibility)

In this post, Aadarsh Gangwar draws on his experience researching the recognition of queer asylum seekers in Switzerland to explore the value of textual analysis to the ethnographic researcher

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South Africa’s Group Areas Act and Quotidian Resistance in a Small South African Town

In this post, Dr. Faeeza Ballim reflects on the use of diverse historical sources to uncover official reasoning and local agency influencing South Africa's Group Areas Act.