Finding a middle ground between extremes: notes on researching transnational crime and violence

  • Hannah Gill Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford

Abstract

Women anthropologists working in areas of conflict and risk must address specific practical and philosophical concerns, including the ethical issues involving the exposure of patterns of crime and violence in a community, limitation of movement and constant surveillance, and mistrust relating to the anthropologist's background. These issues are addressed in the context of the author's field research with a transnational migrant community in the Dominican Republic.

Author Biography

Hannah Gill, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford
Hannah Gill is currently a Rockefeller Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, teaching classes on immigration and conducting research on Mexican immigrants in the local community. She wrote her dissertation in social anthropology at the University of Oxford on transnational migration, religion and music in the Dominican Republic.