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Making sense: research as active engagement


  • Joost Jongerden

    () (Department of Sociology and Anthropology of Development, Wageningen University, the Netherlands; Asian Platform for Global Sustainability & Transcultural Studies, Kyoto University, Japan)


When research gives voice to groups or people who are considered “deviant” this can lead to the charge that research is biased. In this paper, I will discuss the issue of bias in relation to my own work on the PKK. I will argue that the accusation of bias is related to a hierarchy of voices, in which some voices are considered more credible than others. I will furthermore argue that when we want to understand how particular actors make sense of themselves, their being in the world, and their interaction with others, then clearly, there is no other option but to observe their perspective.

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  • Joost Jongerden, 2016. "Making sense: research as active engagement," Kurdish Studies, Transnational Press London, UK, vol. 4(1), pages 94-104, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:mig:ksjrnl:v:4:y:2016:i:1:p:94-104

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    1. Güllistan Yarkın, 2015. "The Ideological Transformation of the PKK regarding the Political Economy of the Kurdish Region in Turkey," Kurdish Studies, Transnational Press London, UK, vol. 3(1), pages 26-46, May.
    2. Ahmet Hamdi Akkaya, 2015. "‘The Palestinian Dream’ in the Kurdish context," Kurdish Studies, Transnational Press London, UK, vol. 3(1), pages 47-63, May.
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    Methodology; the PKK; making sense; research;


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