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On being a "barang": Experiences of interviewing fishermen in Cambodia and Indonesia

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As a marine ecologist by training, I have just returned from my first experience of researching purely by interview, with the added challenge of seeking physical geography answers with human geography methods. Being a foreigner (or “Barang”) in Cambodia (and similarly in Indonesia) had both negative and positive aspects on my ability to conduct interviews, and the depth of those interviews, with fishermen/fisherwomen and their families. For my part in the fieldwork seminar series, I will discuss the challenges of working with translators, gaining ecological knowledge from fishers and all the things that can and have gone wrong (even with thorough planning!).

This talk is part of the Fieldwork Seminar: Methodologies in the 'field' series.

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