Researcher safety? Ethnography in the interdisciplinary world of audit cultures

Morgan, J and Pink, S 2018, 'Researcher safety? Ethnography in the interdisciplinary world of audit cultures', Cultural Studies - Critical Methodologies, vol. 18, no. 6, pp. 400-409.


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Title Researcher safety? Ethnography in the interdisciplinary world of audit cultures
Author(s) Morgan, J
Pink, S
Year 2018
Journal name Cultural Studies - Critical Methodologies
Volume number 18
Issue number 6
Start page 400
End page 409
Total pages 10
Publisher Sage Publications, Inc.
Abstract Anthropologists intermittently reflect on the danger and risk that ethnography can involve. Here, we advance this question in a contemporary research environment where the regulatory logics of occupational safety and health (OSH) encroach increasingly on anthropological practice through institutional research governance. We draw on our research into workplace OSH in the construction, health care, and logistics sectors-a research field dominated by behavioral theories that support the preventative logics of OSH regulation. Taking an autoethnographic approach, we explore how researching in potentially dangerous environments requires ethnographers to learn how to be safe through others' situated safety logics and through those of researcher safety. It is, we argue, through these engagements with the improvisatory ways that workers generally, and researchers specifically, engage with safety, that another set of inconsistencies between OSH preventative logics and our anthropological understanding of how ethnographic knowing emerges become visible.
Subject Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified
DOI - identifier 10.1177/1532708617745094
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ISSN 1532-7086
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