Unchartered Terrain: New Directions in Border Research Method and Ethics

O’Leary, Anna Ochoa, Colin Deeds & Scott Whiteford (Eds) Unchartered Terrain: New Directions in Border Research Method and Ethics. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press

 

Anna Ochoa O'Leary, Colin Deeds, & Scott Whiteford (Eds)

Each chapter raises methodological and ethical questions relevant to conducting research in transnational contexts, which can frequently be unpredictable or even volatile. The volume addresses the central question of how can scholars work with vulnerable migrant populations along the perilous US-Mexico border, maintain ethical and methodological standards, while also providing useful knowledge to stakeholders? Not only may immigrants be afraid to provide information that could be incriminating, but researchers may be reluctant to allow their findings to become the basis of harsher law enforcement, unjustly penalize the subjects of their research and inhibit the formulation of humane and effective immigration policy based on scholarly research.