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Political Science Research in the Middle East and North Africa: Methodological and Ethical Challenges

Janine A. Clark and Francesco Cavatorta

Abstract

Based on personal accounts of their experiences conducting qualitative and quantitative research in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa, the contributors to this volume share the real-life obstacles they have encountered in applying research methods in practice and the possible solutions to overcome them. The volume is an important companion book to more standard methods books, which focus on the “how to” of methods but are often devoid of any real discussion of the practicalities, challenges, and common mistakes of fieldwork. The volume is divided into three parts, highlighting ... More

Keywords: field research, personal experience, methodology, qualitative methodology, quantitative methodology, ethics, Middle East, North Africa, Global South

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190882969
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190882969.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Janine A. Clark, editor
Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Guelph

Francesco Cavatorta, editor
Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Laval

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Contents

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1 Introduction

Janine A. Clark and Francesco Cavatorta

Part I Context

2 Encountering the Mukhabarat State

Jillian Schwedler and Janine A. Clark

3 What Is So Special about Field Research in Iran?

Paola Rivetti and Shirin Saeidi

6 Seeing beyond the Spectacle

Sarah E. Parkinson

Part II Methods

9 Interviewing

Janine A. Clark

10 Interviewing Salafis

Massimo Ramaioli

11 Interviewing Salafis

Zoltan Pall and Mohamed-Ali Adraoui

12 Interviewing and Gender

Emanuela Dalmasso

14 Ethnography Is an Option

Stacey Philbrick Yadav

19 Researching Twitter

Geoffrey Martin

Part III Ethics

End Matter