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Methodological Musings

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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.

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Inwards and Outwards: An Ethnographic Reflection on the Plural Legal System in Rural Ghana from the Perspective of a Ghanaian Scholar

In this post, Dr. Thompson Gyedu Kwarkye explores autoethnography as a Socio-Legal method by reflecting on his experience researching female traditional leaders in Ghana's plural legal system.

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Unfreedom of Information in Private Entities: What Can We Do When Vital Research Participants Won’t Talk to Us?

In this post, Anushka Mittal discusses interviews with former employees as one method to access data when a corporate environment restricts research access.

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Ceding Authority: Reflections on the Value of Unstructured Interviewing

In this post for Methodological Musings, Professor Linda Mulcahy reflects on the value of unstructured interviews and 'ceding control' to the interviewee to tell their story.

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First Impressions Count: Self-Presentation in Qualitative Interviews

In this post for Methodological Musings, John Taggart reflects on the importance of first impressions and self-presentation in Socio-Legal interviews.

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Contemporary Reflections on the Push and Pull of the Policy Audience by Two Feminist Methodologists

In this post for Methodological Musings, Professor Linda Mulcahy and Dr Anna Tsalapatanis reflect on the implications of the push and pull of policy engagement when doing Socio-Legal work.

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Overcoming Class Boundaries During Empirical Research with Vulnerable Communities

In this post for Methodological Musings, PhD student Anwita Dinkar reflects on her fieldwork experiences carrying out research with vulnerable communities, navigating the place and presence of class.

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Connecting the Past and Present: An Anecdote from the Dangs

In this post for Methodological Musings, DPhil student Aastha Prasad reflects on the construction of identities and ways of belonging through stories about the past, among Adivasi communities.

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‘Lawyer’ in the Lab: Navigating the ‘Extreme Robotics Lab’ as a Socio-Legal Researcher

In this post for Methodological Musings, Angela Eggleton reflects on the practice of 'discipline hopping' and the methodological insights encountered whilst undertaking research as a lawyer in a lab.

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Overwhelmed by Data? Or Stuck Through Sadness?

In this post for Methodological Muisngs, Professor Tamara Hervey explores the feelings of overwhelm and sadness that can happen when collecting data during Socio-Legal research.

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The Sublime of the Everyday: Moments of Disruption as Connection in Remote Interviews During Sensitive Research

In this post for Methodological Musings, DPhil student Ellie Whittingdale reflects on moments of disruption as connection during online interviews with sexual violence support workers.

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Two Lessons: Conducting Empirical Research on Violence Against Women

In this post, Professor Cristina Valega Chipoco reflects on two main lessons learnt during her first fieldwork experience carrying out research into violence against women.