Revelatory moments in fieldwork

Trigger, David, Forsey, Martin and Meurk, Carla (2012) Revelatory moments in fieldwork. Qualitative Research, 12 5: 513-527. doi:10.1177/1468794112446049

Author Trigger, David
Forsey, Martin
Meurk, Carla
Title Revelatory moments in fieldwork
Journal name Qualitative Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1468-7941
Publication date 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1468794112446049
Volume 12
Issue 5
Start page 513
End page 527
Total pages 15
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This essay prefaces a collection on revelatory moments of fieldwork engagement. Drawing upon brief vignettes from our own research experiences, we argue for the methodological significance of memorable events encountered in ethnographic studies. In addressing this relational production of knowledge, we are particularly interested in the role of emotion, discomfort and surprise in 'fieldwork' as understood in anthropology. The case materials illustrate moments of experience drawn from three studies conducted in different decades between 1980 and 2011, thereby marking important shifts in the methods and aims of the discipline, conceptions of where fieldwork is appropriately done, and the role of self-knowledge on the part of the researcher. We make the case for the value of revelatory moments and the epistemological approach that enables their apprehension.
Keyword Anthropology
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: UQ Centre for Clinical Research Publications
Official 2013 Collection
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