Ethnographies of slow violence: Epistemological alliances in fieldwork and narrating ruins

Vorbrugg, Alexander (2019). Ethnographies of slow violence: Epistemological alliances in fieldwork and narrating ruins. Environment and Planning. C, Politics and space, p. 239965441988166. Sage 10.1177/2399654419881660

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This article explores the nexus of slow violence as a concept, research focus, and problem on theone hand, and the practices and politics of ethnographic fieldwork and writing on the other.I argue that paying more explicit attention to methodological challenges in conductingethnog-raphies of slow violenceis both necessary and worthwhile. Ethnographies can animate thebroader debates on slow violence, infuse them with new concepts and political urgencies, andrelate them to new sites and problems. Conversely, the problem of slow violence can advanceethnographic debates and practices, even beyond ethnographiesofslow violence in a narrowersense. I highlight two aspects. First, I explore epistemological alliances between researchersand research participants which confront forms of violence that at first remain partlyelusive to both sides. Second, I argue for multi-temporal ethnographies which work throughdrawn-out and complex timescapes of violence and loss by tracing cross-temporal connections.Notions of fieldwork are still mainly defined in spatial terms, and so the problem of slowviolence is an important reminder to pay more attention to temporal dimensions. I build thisargument on ethnographic research conducted in rural Russia, and thus also show how theconcept of slow violence helps to make sense of and to make visible those forms of lossand dispossession that often remain elusive in academic and public representations of theRussian countryside.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Geographies of Sustainability > Unit Critical Sustainability Studies (CSS)
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Geographies of Sustainability

UniBE Contributor:

Vorbrugg, Alexander Benjamin

Subjects:

900 History > 910 Geography & travel

ISSN:

2399-6544

Publisher:

Sage

Language:

English

Submitter:

Florian Dolder

Date Deposited:

01 Nov 2019 09:29

Last Modified:

03 Nov 2019 02:42

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/2399654419881660

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Slow violence, multi-temporal ethnography, politics of representation, politics of fieldwork, rural Russia

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.134367

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/134367

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