Oral Presentation Session
Reviewed by: Society for Linguistic Anthropology
Of interest to: Practicing and Applied Anthropologists, Students
Primary Theme: The Political
Secondary Theme: Ethics
During the 1990s the convergence of public anthropology, critical and feminist discourse analysis gave new momentum for an engaged linguistic anthropology to emerge. Cameron et al (1992) was an early attempt to thematize power dynamics in sociolinguistic research. Yet the model of “empowerment” they proposed, as Bucholtz, Casillas, and Lee (2016) argue, remains problematic. This panel seeks to continue the conversation and provide a forum for researchers to reflect upon the diverse kinds of challenges one faces in conducting research that engages with issues of public debate, forms of exclusion, and/or language-related issues in movements for social change and social justice. Papers will explore such issues as ethical dilemmas, the blurring of the boundary between researchers and researched, the complexities of collaboration with research participants, and the goals of critique. What are ways that researchers can positively intervene in the social reality they study? Who decides what constitutes proper forms of social activism or advocacy? What challenges arise when working with subjects who wield institutional or political power or when the researcher is a member of the indigenous community she studies?