Political science research in the Middle East and North Africa : methodological and ethical challenges / edited by Janine A. Clark and Francesco Cavatorta.

New York, NY : Oxford University Press, Inc., [2018]
xiii, 307 pages ; 24 cm

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Middle East -- Politics and government -- Research.
Africa, North -- Politics and government -- Research.
Islamic countries -- Politics and government -- Research.
Political science -- Fieldwork -- Middle East.
Political science -- Fieldwork -- Africa, North.
Political science -- Fieldwork -- Islamic countries.
Research -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Middle East.
Research -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Africa, North.
Research -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Islamic countries.
Politics and government -- Research.
Research -- Moral and ethical aspects.
North Africa.
Islamic countries.
Middle East.
"Political Research in the Middle East and North Africa focuses specifically on doing research in one of the most important regions in contemporary world politics. It is also one of the most difficult areas to do research in given the current high levels of violence, political instability, and authoritarianism that plague the region. Gathering together a large and diverse group of researchers who study the region, Janine Clark and Francesco Cavatorta's volume will serve as a foundational methods guide for young academics on how to conceive and carry out their research projects. At the same time the topics in the book provide a useful refresher to more established scholars so that their methodological training and ethical considerations keep pace with novel approaches and changing obstacles in the field. What makes this volume especially useful is its focus on methodological 'lessons learned' from the contributors' first hand experiences. Each chapter deals with the challenges of implementing qualitative and quantitative methods in the field, the real-life obstacles encountered and the possible solutions to overcoming them. It will therefore be an invaluable 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 challenges of on-the-ground fieldwork."--Publisher's summary.
Introduction. The methodological and ethical challenges of conducting research in the Middle East and North Africa / Janine A. Clark and Francesco Cavatorta
part 1. Context.
Encountering the mukhabarat state / Jillian Schwedler and Janine A. Clark
What is so special about field research in Iran? Doing fieldwork in religiously charged authoritarian settings / Paola Rivetti and Shirin Saeidi
Authoritarianism, gender and sociopolitics in Saudi Arabia / Gwenn Okruhlik
Researching in and on the Palestinian occupied territories / Benoit Challand
Seeing beyond the spectacle : research on and adjacent to violence / Sarah E. Parkinson
Doing research during times of revolution and counterrevolution / Atef Said
Researching the countryside : farmers, farming and social transformation in a time of economic liberalization / Ray Bush
part 2. Methods.
Interviewing : lessons learned / Janine A. Clark Interviewing Salafis : negotiating access and ethics / Massimo Ramaioli
Interviewing Salafis : overcoming fear and mistrust in Middle Eastern and European contexts / Zoltan Pall and Mohamed Ali Adraoui
Interviewing and gender / Emanuela Dalmasso
Process tracing and the political economy of development in the Middle East / David Waldner
Ethnography is an option : Learning to learn in/though practice / Stacey Philbrick Yadav
Coding in qualitative research / Mohammed Yaghi
Quantitative research in MENA political science / Miquel Pellicer and Eva Wegner
Of promise and pitfalls : population-based experimental research in the Middle East / Steven Brooke
Online media as research topic and research tool : fact, fiction and Facebook / Elizabeth Monier
Researching Twitter / Geoff Martin
part 3. Ethics.
Blurred lines of inclusion and exclusion : research ethics for political sympathizers / Irene Weipert-Fenner Playing with positionality? Reflections on 'outsider'/'insider' status in the context of fieldwork in Lebanon's deeply divided polity / Paul Kingston
Intersectionality theory and working with 'both sides' / Lihi ben Shitrit
The (ambiguous) fieldwork experiences of a German Moroccan in Jordan / Malika Bouziane.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Clark, Janine A., editor, contributor.
Cavatorta, Francesco, editor, contributor.
Other format:
Online version: Political science research in the Middle East and North Africa.