Tensions and negotiations for NGOs organizing and human rights in Morocco and Western Sahara

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Resumé

Collaborative knowledge production is a transitory process where ethnographers and activists are involved in a
symbiotic relationship in which they adopt each others’ tools and methods while having different ideological interests (Rabinow, 1977). Activists often attempt to maximize Western “resources” by using ethnographers’ findings for political concerns; their Western status becomes a decoy in activist tactics to attract police interventions. Such tensions increase when the “at-home” setting of the informants reflects the colonial design of nation states. In such instances, “foreign” ethnographers lack a stable “at home/abroad,” “here/there” distinction to fall back on, since the field is a contested site, subject to ongoing negotiations among international regimes. Drawing on fieldwork with activist NGOs in Morocco and the Western Sahara, I will reflect on this conundrum by addressing the questions: Through what ways can an ethnographer “become a native” in contexts where “at home” and “abroad” are fragmented and continually shifting concepts? What are the implications of collaborative knowledge production for Moroccan based activist NGOs?
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Publikationsdato2018
StatusUdgivet - 2018
BegivenhedWorld Congress of Middle Eastern Studies -
Varighed: 16. jul. 201822. jul. 2018

Konference

KonferenceWorld Congress of Middle Eastern Studies
Periode16/07/201822/07/2018

Fingeraftryk

Western Sahara
knowledge production
Morocco
non-governmental organization
human rights
international regime
tactics
nation state
police
lack
resources

Citer dette

Albu, O. B. (2018). Tensions and negotiations for NGOs organizing and human rights in Morocco and Western Sahara. Afhandling præsenteret på World Congress of Middle Eastern Studies, .
Albu, Oana Brindusa. / Tensions and negotiations for NGOs organizing and human rights in Morocco and Western Sahara. Afhandling præsenteret på World Congress of Middle Eastern Studies, .
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