This chapter presents an inquiry of the positions and interactions of white ethnographers and research participants in ethnographic fieldwork. Doing ethnographic research in a postcolonial setting conducted by white researchers, it is impossible to erase a white researcher body, which in itself is a marker of politics, privileges, and resources. This chapter draws on ethnographic experiences from a study of the Greenlandic Police Force conducted by two white (assumed Danish) researchers. As Greenland is a former Danish colony, the chapter describes and discusses the researchers’ ethnographic journey into the colonial past (and neocolonial present) of Greenland, considering how the researchers’ own bodies influenced – and were influenced by – the research process. Analyzing our ethnographic field data with this in mind, we explore how our whiteness (and thus assumed “Danishness”) influences and affects relations between researchers and participants, and hence, the data and insights generated from this research.
|Title of host publication||The Routledge Companion to Organizational Diversity Research Methods|
|Editors||Sine Nørholm Just, Annette Risberg, Florence Villesèche|
|Number of pages||14|
|Place of Publication||New York|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
Holck, L., & Muhr, S. L. (2020). White Bodies in Postcolonial Ethnographic Research. In S. N. Just, A. Risberg, & F. Villesèche (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Organizational Diversity Research Methods (pp. 36-49). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429265716-5