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Foreign fieldworkers and native participants: A theory of method

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Jacques, S., Rosenkrantz Lindegaard, M., & Van Gelder, J.-L. (2011). Foreign fieldworkers and native participants: A theory of method. Victims and Offenders, 6(3), 246-259. doi:10.1080/15564886.2011.581876.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0004-6664-9
Foreign fieldwork often comes with vast cultural differences between the researcher and participants. Such differences have implications for the success and findings of research. In this paper, we draw on our experiences doing fieldwork abroad to propose a theory ofmethod.We suggest that as cultural distance increases, what is communicated by a participant (1) increasingly reflects assumptions about the researcher's culture, (2) decreasingly reflects the participant's own culture, and (3) becomes more righteous. The paper concludes by using the proposed theory to suggest practical suggestions that criminologists may employ to improve their research abroad.