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Researching the Researched: Gender, Reflexivity and Actor-Orientation in an Experimental Game


  • Cecile Jackson

    () (School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia, UK.)


It is rare for researchers doing fieldwork to revisit the subjects of their research to discuss their understandings and experience of the research process, but such work, which reveals the perceptions of respondents, their intentions and the meanings inherent in testimonies and observed actions, offers important insights for both the analysis of particular research projects and for wider epistemological and methodological debates. This article analyses material from interviews conducted after an experimental game, involving resource allocation within marriage, and played with couples in Eastern Uganda. It argues for more reflexive and actor-oriented methodologies and for multi-methods that combine observation with talk.Il est rare que les chercheurs faisant du travail de terrain retournent discuter du processus de recherche avec ceux qui y participèrent, mais quand cela se fait, des perspectives importantes, tant au niveau méthodologique qu’épistémologique, peuvent s’en dégager. Il est en particulier très intéressant d’essayer de comprendre la perception de ceux qui participent en tant que sujets à un processus de recherche, par exemple par rapport à leur motivation ou bien à la signification qu’ils attribuent à leur participation. Cet article analyse le résultat d’entretiens conduits a posteriori avec les participants d’un jeu expérimental concernant la distribution des ressources au sein de couples mariés en Ouganda oriental. Il appelle à l’adoption de méthodologies plus réfléchies et orientées vers l’acteur, ainsi que de méthodes plurielles combinant l’observation avec des entretiens.

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  • Cecile Jackson, 2009. "Researching the Researched: Gender, Reflexivity and Actor-Orientation in an Experimental Game," The European Journal of Development Research, Palgrave Macmillan;European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI), vol. 21(5), pages 772-791, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:eurjdr:v:21:y:2009:i:5:p:772-791

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