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Accepted Paper:

Generation of knowledge: a communal achievement  
Anne-Lise Middelthon (University of Oslo)

Paper short abstract:

Paper long abstract:

Epistemological questions involved in an ethnographic inquiry, does not only concern questions of how knowledge is generated but also questions of who it is that is producing the knowledge . The paper takes as its epistemological point of the departure that generation of knowledge is a communal achievement (to paraphrase C.S. Peirce), and will discuss some implications of such a stance for ethnography. Further, based on examples drawn from two ethnographic projects focusing on same sex attracted men (in Tanzania and Norway respectively), possible ways of involving and recognizing study participants as co-researchers will be discussed.

Panel W052
Making sense together: the role of participants in ethnography
  Session 1