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On walking alone and walking with others: Framing research activities by time and distance in Kafa Zone, Ethiopia

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posted on 2019-01-01, 00:00 authored by Ruth Jackson
In rural Kafa Zone southwest Ethiopia, walking is the ‘normal’ way to move from one place to another: the ‘walking woman’ links activities between the
home, the field, visiting neighbours, going to church and going to the market. As these activities are framed by time and distance, insights gained through
walking alone or with others, allowed Jackson to gain an intuitive understanding of her qualitative research about maternal health. Moving back and forth between personal experiences of walking, and critically thinking about women’s experiences of birth at home or in a health facility, walking is also a way to explore ‘the mystery of presence,’ as Frédéric Gros writes, ‘to the world, to others and to yourself.’ By examining women’s participation in social networks, friendship and mobility as empowering factors, Jackson suggests that paying attention to context and the gendered self as researcher can help gain deeper insights into fieldwork experiences.

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Title of book

Women researching in Africa: The impact of gender

Chapter number

12

Pagination

235 - 255

Publisher

Palgrave Macmillan

Place of publication

London, Eng.

ISBN-13

9783319945026

Language

eng

Publication classification

B1 Book chapter

Extent

15

Editor/Contributor(s)

Ruth Jackson, Max Kelly

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