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ERIC Number: EJ1041433
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Nov
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0167-8507
Away with Linguists! Normativity, Inequality and Metascientific Reflexivity in Sociolinguistic Fieldwork
Jaspers, Jürgen; Meeuwis, Michael
Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, v32 n6 p725-749 Nov 2013
This paper addresses the fact that in spite of the descriptive and well-intentioned ambitions of much sociolinguistic-ethnographic research, members of studied groups often continue to interpret such research as a largely vertically organized socio-political activity that communicates a prescriptive social and linguistic normativity the researcher is inevitably taken to embody. We argue that while many researchers agree that sociolinguistic fieldwork is inherently political, actual descriptions of informants' awareness of this are still rather scarce. In the process, we demonstrate how members' metascientific reflexivity can be particularly active precisely in and during fieldwork encounters and in the entire research event, complicating the idea of a pure and disinterested description and understanding.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium; Congo