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Kaur, Jastinder (2023) 'A cautionary and hopeful tale about experiencing, thinking with, writing through, reflecting on, and teaching the emotional in ethnographic fieldwork.' In: Weiss, Nerina, Grassiani, Erella and Green, Linda, (eds.), The Entanglements of Ethnographic Fieldwork in a Violent World. London: Routledge. (Routledge Studies in Fieldwork and Ethnographic Research)

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Places that live in the collective Western imagination as paradisiacal – once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon and holiday destinations replete with the whitest sands and the bluest seas – are incommensurable with imaginaries of violence, conflict, and exclusion. Yet Fiji is an exemplar of both. Coups in Fiji often express a competitive struggle between the notions of Fijian ‘paramountcy’ versus Indo-Fijian calls for equality of opportunity. Within a week of the author's arrival in Suva, the capital city of Fiji, in mid-September 2002, one of the English-language daily newspapers published an editorial predicting the ‘real possibility’ of a ‘race war’ between the country’s Indigenous Fijians and Indo-Fijians. Almost a decade after the author returned from fieldwork in Fiji, she formally resumed her PhD. She prepared for it by writing some 70,000 words about ethnic identity, relations, and conflict; and about culture, coups, and constitutions.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Keywords: Fiji, coups, ethnography, fieldwork, emotions, pedagogy
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Anthropology & Sociology
ISBN: 9781032333816
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2023 09:43
Funders: European Union

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