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Researching Conflict In Africa: A Researcher’s Account Of Ife-Modakeke, South-Western Nigeria

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This chapter reflects on the process of increasing the articulation of the author's position as a 'research' and 'social' subject in researching children and violence in evolving socio-political contexts. It analyses political violence both directly and retrospectively, through an analysis of the continuing relevance of the genocide legacy for the lives of those who were children at the time of violence. The chapter develops two themes: the place of research in changing socio-political environments, and the visibility and invisibility of children's experiences of violence. The first section of the chapter describes how the author's first research projects fitted and contributed to the national narrative of genocide and nation-building. The second section identifies the challenges of attempting to research those stories which did not fit with the dominant narrative. The third section offers an account of how the socio-political context influenced the author's work as a researcher and as an individual.

Keywords:children; socio-political contexts; violence



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