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From cracks to breakdown: disruption in cooperation 
Michal Assa-Inbar (Ono Academic College)
Orit Hirsch-Matsioulas (Haifa University)
Hagar Hazaz-Berger (Hebrew University, Jerusalem)
Start time:
1 August, 2014 at
Time zone: Europe/Tallinn
Session slots:

Short Abstract:

The panel will focus on moments of disruption, when cooperation fails to be achieved. Moments that can be described as: cracks, misunderstandings, breakdowns, and crises. In addition, the panel will focus on the Anthropologist, and the role of dis-cooperation between her and the actors in the field.

Long Abstract:

This panel will deal with the difficulties of cooperation and the moments or spaces when cracks appear. These moments can be described as differences of opinion, failures to achieve consent, misunderstandings, breakdown of communication, crisis, to total disintegration of the collaboration. Within these moments a creative space can emerge between ideologies, aims, and ambitions, and the realization of them.

In our panel we will ask: What is the role of ideology in determining collaboration? Are problems in cooperation caused by the translation of ideology into action? Do disruptions, in the end, always lead to total breakdowns of the collaboration, or can they generate a new reality that allows fresh solutions? Can the disruption turn into serendipity?

The anthropologist is constantly looking for and relying on cooperation in her own field work: What is then the role of dis-cooperation or even confrontation between the researcher and the actors in the field? The prism of 'dis-cooperation' can produce a fruitful arena to explore different methodological issues. For example, how to deal with lack of co-operation by the informant or a breakdown in the researcher-informant relationship. To what extent does the intimacy of the Anthropologist's relationships affect possible disruption in the field? How, if at all, these moments are represented in the final text?

By exploring uneasy moments of disruption in the cooperation, we hope to gain a better understanding of social interactions, integrations and disintegrations within relationships as well as acts of improvisation and innovation.

Accepted papers:

Session 1