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Reflections on the flow of emotion in environmental research

Tajuddin, Nor Azlin (2010) Reflections on the flow of emotion in environmental research. World Anthropologies Network, 5. pp. 85-96.

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In this article I provide a reflexive account of my emotions both prior to and during fieldwork. I begin with a personal narrative that explores my motivations for conducting a study on a pertinent environmental issue – river pollution. My comparative ethnographic fieldwork in two different socio-cultural and environmental settings, that of the Klang River in Kuala Lumpur and the Torrens River in Adelaide, yielded stories, pictures, and/or a spectrum of emotions about people’s interactions with the rivers, some of which resonated with my own. On the one hand, positive emotions during fieldwork were triggered, for example, when I observed colourful flora and fauna in certain section of the rivers. On the other hand, I experienced negative feelings when I observed floating rubbish and trash racks installed across the rivers. I describe these personal fieldwork experiences, alongside a discussion about my own reflections. Finally, and in light of my fieldwork experience, I briefly suggest implications for ethnographic research and methodological practice.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 3840/35379
Uncontrolled Keywords: environmental anthropology, place, the Klang River, pollution, emotion
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Depositing User: Dr. Nor Azlin Tajuddin
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2014 21:22
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2016 15:24
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/35379

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