Instead of coming with a plow and a shovel, we bring a gardening kit and some seeds. We plant them and wait patiently for something to surface. It is a process that takes longer, of course, but can turn into a flourishing field.
By the end of that class, this is what I understood ethnocentrism to mean: people from the developed world (that is, white Europeans or North Americans) who once sliced through the global south with swords, crops and religion, would once again slice up our knowledge into rights and wrongs. By looking through the lens of their own cultures and assuming their references were enough to scrutinize different ways of living, former colonizers would spread misjudgment and stereotypes about countries like mine.
The shift we are seeking, says the scholar, is to do “research with people, not on people.” It helps to immerse ourselves in their world and understand how they are epistemologically situated. “You have to be that, which you want to see in the world,” she says.
…, cultural norms, socio-economic groups, linguistic traditions, religious backgrounds, you name it. In other words, we function according to default settings that make our experience of the world very subjective. We have different truths. (No, they’re not alternative facts.)
…o the field on a long, investigative project, list research questions and methods in a spreadsheet. Which answers will be better suited to interviews? Data analysis? Public records? Will this story actually be news or will it just restate existing reporting?