Multi-sited research methodology: improving understanding of transnational concepts

Jokela-Pansini, Maaret (2018). Multi-sited research methodology: improving understanding of transnational concepts. Area, 51(3), pp. 516-523. Wiley-Blackwell 10.1111/area.12494

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Research at multiple sites and “talking across worlds” have generally been important in feminist and geographic scholarship. Some studies have examined methodological dilemmas endemic to research involving multiple locations. Other studies have drawn on multi‐sited research including perspectives of participants and researchers beyond a single site. Most of these studies have explored how groups, individuals and discourses move between local and transnational spaces. However, evidence on how such methodologies improve our understanding of transnational concepts is still scarce. This paper draws on two research projects on women's human rights activism in Honduras and South Africa and explores how multi‐sited research improved the understanding of “women human rights defenders.” In Honduras, activists in various women's groups have identified themselves as women human rights defenders since the coup d’état in 2009. This identity enabled them to integrate women's rights into a broader international human rights agenda. In South Africa, activists mostly use the term to influence decision‐making at international organisations and to build alliances with activists globally. This multi‐sited research reveals that women's human rights concepts are not “given.” Rather, activists’ lived experiences on multiple scales shape the way they understand and “translate” such concepts.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Human Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Human Geography > Unit Cultural Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography

Graduate School:

Graduate School Gender Studies

UniBE Contributor:

Jokela-Pansini, Maaret

Subjects:

700 Arts > 710 Landscaping & area planning
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics
500 Science > 550 Earth sciences & geology
900 History > 910 Geography & travel

ISSN:

0004-0894

Publisher:

Wiley-Blackwell

Funders:

[42] Schweizerischer Nationalfonds

Projects:

[UNSPECIFIED] Safeguarding Democracy. Contests of Values and Interests

Language:

English

Submitter:

Maaret Jokela-Pansini

Date Deposited:

02 Oct 2018 09:43

Last Modified:

04 Aug 2019 02:29

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/area.12494

Uncontrolled Keywords:

feminist methodology, Honduras, human rights, multi-sited research, South Africa, transnational concepts

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.120179

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/120179

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