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Sk’an jtsatsubtastik ko’ontontik: Dialogues, challenges, and complexities of being a Tsotsil researcher

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Title:Sk’an jtsatsubtastik ko’ontontik: Dialogues, challenges,
and complexities of being a Tsotsil researcher
Authors:Martínez, Margarita Pérez
Contributors:England, Nora C. (translator)
Keywords:Tsotsil researcher
fieldwork experiences
linguistic documentation
nosotridad
reciprocity practices
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Citation:Martínez, Margarita Pérez. 2021. Sk’an jtsatsubtastik ko’ontontik ('let's strengthen our hearts'): Dialogues, challenges, and complexities of being a Tsotsil researcher. [Translated from Spanish by Nora C. England.] In Cruz, Emiliana. (Ed.) Theoretical reflections around the role of fieldwork in linguistics and linguistic anthropology: Contributions of indigenous researchers from southern Mexico. Language Documentation & Conservation Special Publication no. 23, nn-nn. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press.
Series:LD&C Special Publication
Abstract:The article reflects on the experiences of a researcher of Tsotsil origin trained in the fields of linguistics and anthropological linguistics, who lives in the same territorial space of the study community. Specifically, it examines the implications and challenges of being a woman, a Tsotsil and a researcher, who, on the one hand, delves into the social and community spaces that are exclusive to men, and on the other, enters a field in which external researchers have been privileged.
The author starts from an epistemology that proposes the study of “we” in contrast to the research established in the study of “others”. It provides a series of methodologies for research “from within” that start from the need for knowledge of cultural resources, dialogue from the same linguistic code, the ecology of formulating questions, the practices of reciprocity, the preponderance of collective interests, empathy, as well as the awareness of living in community scrutiny. Finally, it proposes an approach to the study communities that is fundamentally humane, and not simply methodologically correct.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24984
ISBN:978-0-9973295-9-9
Rights:Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License
Appears in Collections: LD&C Special Publication No. 23: Theoretical reflections around the role of fieldwork in linguistics and linguistic anthropology


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