Titulo de Libro: Researching peace and conflict: Field experiences and methodological reflections
Otros Autores: Carolina Rocha, Pietro Montagna
Otros Editores: Daniel J. Christie
At present, the Mapuche are the largest indigenous group living in Chile and, up until the present day, they are considered a disadvantaged group in Chilean society in terms of poverty, education and discrimination indicators. In recent decades, this group has been involved in a violent conflict with the Chilean state, forestry and hydroelectric industries and big landowners due mainly to territorial claims of the ancestral land that is currently inhabited and exploited by these different actors. In the present chapter, we narrate the process of data collection with indigenous participants within the framework of a three-year long project about representations of history and present-day intergroup relations between the Mapuche and the non-indigenous majority in Chile. We focus on the challenges that data collection involved by highlighting the process of participant recruitment and trust issues revolving around data collection, as well as retribution practices. Moreover, we also highlight the pros and cons of having non-indigenous Chilean and international researchers conducting fieldwork in this context. Another aspect we address is how methodological approaches may influence the data quality and participants’ degree of involvement with the project, by highlighting how these issues interconnect with cultural differences and this indigenous group’s worldview and cultural practices. We hope this chapter may provide significant insights on how to deal with some of the difficulties that data collection with indigenous people may involve.
Keywords: Mapuche Fieldwork Qualitative research Quantitative research Chile
Como citar: Figueiredo, A., Rocha, C., & Montagna, P. (2020). Data collection with indigenous people: Fieldwork experiences from Chile. In Y. G. Acar, S. M. Moss, & O. M. Ulug, Researching peace and conflict: Field experiences and methodological reflections. New York: Springer Peace Psychology Series.