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Methodological Musings

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Insider or Outsider Within?

In this post, Dr Marie Burton reflects on navigating insider and outsider statuses, drawing upon her own experiences within the field and the academy.

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What can Python Know? Lessons from the (Digital) Field

In this post, Mónica Arango Olaya reflects on the use of software programmes such as Python within Socio-Legal projects. She asks what Python can really know when it comes to qualitative research.

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An Anthropologist Among the Texts

In this post, Professor Fernanda Pirie discusses how, for the most part, legal anthropologists have avoided texts. She goes on to argue why legal texts should be taken seriously as social objects.

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From Politics to Pandemics: Fieldwork Interrupted

Dr Nicole Stremlau reflects on interruptions to fieldwork, exploring the challenges of conducting research in contexts of conflict and carrying out empirical work during the current global pandemic.

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Controversy Analysis as Method

Dr Nathan Dobson reflects on controversy analysis as method. He begins by introducing controversy analysis and then illustrates how the method promises a range of insights for Socio-Legal Studies.

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“Doing” Ethics: Ethical Approval and Signature Fetishism

Dr Anna Tsalapatanis reflects on ethical approval and signature fetishism. She begins by stating that there is a need to reflect on the ways in which we seek informed consent in social research.

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What do you do when your Research Subjects Lie to You?

Professor Linda Mulcahy reflects on the ethics of partiality and explores unanticipated challenges that can arise during Socio-Legal fieldwork, drawing upon her experiences in the field.

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Global Security Infrastructures and AI: a Method Assemblage

Dr Gavin Sullivan reflects on Global Security Infrastructures and AI. He explores the methodological challenges of security datafication as we navigate life in an era of pervasive datafication.