Engaging in Reflective Interactions During Fieldwork

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Fieldwork is an evolving, fluid, and ever-changing enterprise. Despite their outset, all research projects can change course or fold due to challenges or unforeseen circumstances. During fieldwork, the researcher establishes relations within a setting and must build and maintain trust throughout to build rapport (Perry, 2021; Rasmussen, 2021). The purpose of this paper is to discuss how the methodological concept of reflexivity plays out fieldwork and knowledge creation when performing fieldwork in Greenland. The paper focuses on how researchers navigate unfamiliar contexts, build trust, and interact with actors. Based on fieldwork in two different settings, the authors describe how reflexivity shaped their research in the Greenlandic context. This paper reports on two separate fieldwork studies in Greenland. The two studies interweave as they explore the reflexive journeys taken in the two different studies and how the researchers respond to unfolding events. Study A) set out to investigate homelessness in Tasiilaq but changed direction to embrace new national and local developments. A unique opportunity arose due to a broadcast sent via Denmark’s Radio. Thus, the researcher in the field responded by broadening his interview guide and focus. Study B) discusses how leadership unfolds in a fish processing factory in Nuuk. The researcher emerged in everyday organizational life, observing day-to-day management based on participative observations and shadowing techniques. The paper discusses how the empirical activities emerge and unfold as a reflexive journey where research questions and general inquiries are formed by the practical activities and by an intuitive and interpretive research process (Alvesson & Sköldberg, 2009; Mead, 1932).
Original languageEnglish
Publication date1 Jan 2021
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2021
EventGREENLAND – DENMARK 1721-2021 - Aalborg Universitet, København, Denmark
Duration: 9 Jun 202111 Jun 2021


ConferenceGREENLAND – DENMARK 1721-2021
LocationAalborg Universitet
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